Ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season, we look at the key factors that could make the difference for each of the 11 teams in the league. We pick out six aspects - the coach, one player to watch out, the team's biggest strength, the one nagging worry that could hold them back this season, what to watch out for from them, and their most exciting new signing.
(Note: The teams appear in the order they finished the league stage last season.)
Coach (NEW): Juan Ferrando. Believes in the Goa philosophy, but with a dash of pragmatism.
Player: Edu Bedia. If the playmaker clicks, the whole plan falls into place perfectly.
Strength: Belief in core philosophy -- attack, belief in youth, some more attack.
Worry: A brand new team, a brand new coach. Too many changes, too fast?
W2W4: An exciting rebuild, and all the risk that comes with it.
Signing: Ishan Pandita. Is he 'all that'?
ATK Mohun Bagan
Coach: Antonio Habas. Two-time league winner, popular in dressing room, tactically astute - what's not to like?
Player: Roy Krishna. Wasn't last season evidence enough?
Strength: Balance, depth, and variety. Their squad has it all.
Worry: Their football can get a bit too one-dimensional at times.
W2W4: A solid league-stage challenge. They'll be wanting the Champions League spot this time.
Signing: Sandesh Jhingan. What's an ISL season without that beard crunching into a tackle?
Coach: Carles Cuadrat. Drills a mean defence, needs to prove he can do the same up top.
Player: Then, and now, Sunil Chhetri. The best Indian footballer, simple as.
Strength: A fortress of a defensive unit that was the best in the league last season.
Worry: A misfiring attacking unit that was the third worst (!) in the league last season.
W2W4: A Sunil Chhetri with a chip on his shoulder is the best kind of Sunil Chhetri.
Signing: Kristian Opseth. Can he bring the goals?
Coach (NEW): Csaba Laszlo. Well-travelled, adaptable, but yet to win silverware in a 16-year career as manager.
Player: Anirudh Thapa. When the midfielder plays well, Chennaiyin play well. Arguably India's best in his position.
Strength: The core of last season's thrilling side remains intact. More or less.
Worry: Has Owen Coyle taken away with him what Owen Coyle giveth?
W2W4: Rafael Crivallero doing Rafael Crivallero things.
Signing: Jakub Sylvestr. They need a new talismanic striker, will he be the one?
Coach (NEW): Sergio Lobera. Risks everything, every time. Entertainment guaranteed.
Player: Hugo Boumous. Easily the MVP last season -- has the finishing, vision, and flair to do it all over again.
Strength: Sergio Lobera with a point to prove and a squad of superstars at his disposal.
Worry: There is such a thing as too many big names, isn't there?
W2W4: The fun and goals. All the fun and goals.
Everyone! Adam Le Fondre. Seriously, all the goals.
Coach (NEW): Stuart Baxter. Made the tricks-and-flicks-loving world of South African football embrace his structured, patient approach. The most experienced coach in the league.
Player: Steven Taylor. His on-field organisational skills will be pivotal to Baxter's primary objective - shore up the league's third-worst defence.
Strength: The quality of young Indian players, developed by previous manager Josep Gombau's skill and patience.
Worry: From Gombau's risk-everything philosophy to Stuart Baxter's risk-free one, it's a big change.
W2W4: Will the dash of pragmatism turn the league's most lovable underdogs into serious contenders?
Signing: Marcelinho. Drama, quality, chaos -- he brings it all with him.
Coach (NEW): Kibu Vicuna. Winning the I-League last season in style with Mohun Bagan (16 points above No. 2 East Bengal) is a testament to his skill.
Strength: Vicuna with a point to prove and exciting new signings in attack.
Worry: Will the management show patience with Vicuna amid what might be a slow process to get back to challenging for the title?
W2W4: As a TV spectacle, the fans will be a miss. Can their team make up for it on the field?
Signing: Nishu Kumar. Consistently superb for BFC, can the all-action left back spark a change in fortunes for the Blasters?
Coach (NEW): Owen Coyle. Wowed Indian football with his miracle run at Chennaiyin last season. Jamshedpur will be hoping he can repeat the trick.
Player: Amarjit Singh. Has it in him to run a game from midfield. Will the potential translate to sustained performance?
Strength: Owen Coyle has shown he can whip a team into shape, and he has quality to play with.
Worry: Only Hyderabad conceded more goals than Jamshedpur last season. Sorting that is priority No. 1.
W2W4: Coyle trusting his young Indian contingent to run the midfield. Step up, Amarjit.
Signing: Nerijus Valskis. Nothing beats the comfort of having a proven goal-scorer leading the line.
Coach (NEW): Gerard Nus Casanova. If the football is anywhere near as brilliant as that name... gold!
Player: Federico Gallego. Has the vision and talent to drag a team along.
Strength: Flying under the radar has its benefits. I think.
Worry: Are the league's serial underperformers stuck in a rut?
W2W4: Can Kwesi Appiah provide the goals they so sorely lacked last season?
Signing: Kwesi Appiah. See above.
Coach (NEW): Manuel Marquez Roca. Couldn't possibly do worse than Phil Brown. Could he?
Player: Aridane Santana. Excellent for Odisha last season, but can Hyderabad build a viable attack around him?
Strength: See United, NorthEast.
Worry: The Roca they wanted, and waited for, left for Barcelona. Did the new Roca get enough time to prepare?
W2W4: Couldn't possibly be worse than last season. Could it?
Signing: Aridane Santana. See 'player', above.
Coach (NEW): Robbie Fowler. Will make them an organised, hard-to-beat team. Can he add a splash of style to take him/them to the next level?
Player: Anthony Pilkington. Quality winger, ideal for Fowler's counterattacking style.
Strength: A good blend of experienced and exciting talent, both foreign and Indian.
Worry: Is a month and a half enough time for Fowler to get his squad challenging the big boys from the off?
W2W4: The theatre of East Bengal x the drama of Fowler = a blockbuster.
Signing: Jeje Lalpekhlua. Still just 29, has injury blunted one of India's most purposeful finishers?