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Chennaiyin FC vs Mumbai City: Build-up
Mumbai City will face Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in the southern city on Saturday. The home side defeated East Bengal by a slender margin of 1-0 in their previous match at the Salt Lake Stadium last Friday.
The Islanders, on the other hand, are coming into this game on the back of a hard-fought 2-2 draw against the Mariners. Mumbai City and Chennaiyin FC have played quite a few exciting encounters in recent times and there is a lot of stake as they meet again for their first faceoff of the current campaign. Let us take a look at a detailed preview of this match.
Thomas Brdarić’s team has appeared to be a well-functioning unit so far but they need to get favourable results in their bag on a more consistent basis going forward.
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Coaches from across the teams have opened up about the difficulty of snatching points from away fixtures since the crowds have returned to the stadiums after the relaxation of pandemic-related rules. On that note, Chennaiyin need to ensure that they maximize the home game advantage and notch three points against a Mumbai City setup that has some glaring chinks in their armour.
The Islanders were hoping for a revitalized campaign after a disappointing run in the league last year. So far, they have delivered only mixed results. They surely have avoided any defeat so far, but the inability to close out games means that they are already seven points behind the table-toppers Hyderabad FC.
These are concerning signs for a club that has the backing of one of the most powerful footballing groups in the world. The Islanders have been ruthless in the transfer market since the City Football Group (CFG) takeover. Now, it’s time that a similar relentless pursuit of success begins reflecting in a sustainable manner on the field as well.