The Hero Indian Super League kicks off in style as the two finalists of last year start their seasons with a repeat of last year eventful final. Bengaluru Fc were undoubtedly the best team in the league stage last year but fell short in the final hurdle. On the other hand, Chennaiyan FC didn’t have the best of the league but certainly turned up during the playoffs and ended up lifting the coveted trophy for the second time in their short history. Bengaluru FC too are no strangers to silverware. They have managed to win a stunning 5 trophies in 5 years and has represented the country at the AFC Cup for the past few years. They are the only Indian team to reach the final of the AFC Cup, while no other team has even managed to reach the semi-finals.

Both the teams have had eventful transfer windows. Both have strengthened their squads with the right set of players. Bengaluru, who lost out on their defensive leader John Johnson to Kolkata, signed former man Rino Anto and Spanish defender Serran. They have also strengthened their midfield with the signing of Xisco and Bhutanese sensation Chencho. Chennai who believed they already have a squad good enough to retain the title, only signed like to like replacements to their key members of the squad.

BFC welcome Chennaiyan to the Sri Kanteerava tomorrow and both the teams will look to start their campaigns with a win against their rivals. There will be no end to the competition outside the pitch between the fans and there will be nothing short of it on it too, considering the nature of last years final where tempers flared both on and off the pitch. With a new season, comes new hope and expectations and neither the champions nor the runner up will hold anything back in getting one over their south Indian rivals.

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