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KUSHAL CHAKRABARTY : English English proverb says, "Morning shows the day". For India's best Football tournament it is only partially true. In the most of the cases champions of the tournament are not always front runners. Going through the statistics of the I-League, it is more or less certain that fluctuation of fortune is the rule of the tournament than the exception one. It is also very much true for this year's front runner Bangaluru F.C. a new entrant to I-league, who remains at the top of the table after the close of the 1st sixteen round of the tournament.

Going through the last three I-Leagues, it is quite evident that it is quite difficult for a team to maintain their top position from the very first stage of the tournament to the ultimate hurrah. In the year 2010-11, I-League champion Salgaocar were not at all in a good stead in the initial part of the tournament. Same happened in the case of 2011-12 champion Dempo. They started the tournament with four victories, but after that slumped to three defeats in a row.

Last year's champion Churchill Brothers are not different from it. In the second phase of the tournament, league leader Bengaluru FC has to face most upheaval task of playing maximum matches outside their home ground. They already have to bear the burden of ignomious defeats to East Bengal in both home and away matches. Where as other two followers Salgaokar And Pune FC already have played more difficult matches.

Another aspirant of this title, East Bengal Club of Kolkata has played lesser number of matches. No doubt as a new entrant of the tournament, Bangaluru FC has done extremely well. Even if some accusation has come from some quarter, but Jhon Jonson, Sunil Chhetri and Saun Rooney has proved their worth in their side.

And special reference should be made for their Coach Mr Westwood. Even if this year two Goan giants Dempo and Churchill brothers are going trough their lean streak, considering the potential of their side they may bounce back any time.

For Kolkata teams, a very hard and crucial time is ahead of them. East Bengal, still now leader of the pack, is quite inconsistent in their approach. Now time has come to see whether introduction new Coach Armando Colaco can bring some good news for them or not. In the mean time East Bengal won the IFA CFL PREMIER LEAGUE 2013-14 when they beat 2nd Divn I-League team Kalighat MS 2-0 before one match hand which is against their arch rival Mohun Bagan. It should encourage East Bengal to motivate in the 2nd spell of I-League from February.

On the other hand, Mohun Bagan appears to be also comming out of dismal days. But it can be said without hesitation that United SC and Md. Sporting might have play a major role in deciding the ultimate crown of the tournament.