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How Habas and Kratky's strategies will decide Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City clash for ISL Shield

Published at :April 15, 2024 at 2:27 PM
Modified at :April 15, 2024 at 6:48 PM
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Sattyik Sarkar


Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City will play for the ISL Shield this evening.

Follow the Live Action: Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City

Tonight’s ISL encounter between Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC promises to be a tactical chess match between two astute coaches – Antonio Habas of Mohun Bagan and Petr Kratky of Mumbai City FC. Both teams have their sights set on the ISL Shield, and the tactical approaches adopted by the coaches will play a crucial role in determining the outcome. Here’s an analysis of how Habas and Kratky’s philosophies could shape the game:

Antonio Habas: Master of the Defensive Fortress

Habas is renowned for his pragmatic and defensively resolute approach. He prioritizes a strong backline and a compact midfield, preferring to hit teams on the counter-attack. Mohun Bagan under Habas often deploys a 3-1-4-2 formation, with wing-backs providing width and overlapping runs when attacking.

Habas’ Impact on Mohun Bagan:

  • Defensive Solidity: Habas will likely instruct his backline to be disciplined and patient, stifling Mumbai City’s attacking forays.
  • Exploiting Mumbai City’s Weaknesses: Habas will try to identify any vulnerabilities in Mumbai City’s attack and exploit them through quick counter-attacks.
  • Dimitri Petratos: The Key Player: Habas will rely heavily on the creativity of Dimitri Petratos to unlock Mumbai City’s defence and create scoring opportunities.

Petr Kratky: Possession Maestro

Kratky, on the other hand, favours a possession-based approach, focusing on controlling the tempo of the game. He prefers a 4-3-3 formation, with emphasis on quick passing and movement off the ball. This style can overwhelm opponents and create space for attacking players.

Kratky’s Impact on Mumbai City FC:

  • Breaking Down Mohun Bagan’s Defence: Kratky will instruct his midfielders to maintain possession and probe for weaknesses in the Mohun Bagan backline.
  • Neutralizing Petratos: Kratky will likely deploy a dedicated player to mark Petratos closely and restrict his influence on the game.
  • Lallianzuala Chhangte: The Speed Demon: Kratky will look to exploit Mohun Bagan’s flanks with the pace and dribbling skills of Lallianzuala Chhangte.

A Clash of Philosophies

Antonio Habas will need to find the right balance between holding his defensive line and launching effective counter-attacks to trouble Mumbai City’s possession. On the other hand, Petr Kratky needs to ensure his team maintains possession effectively and translates it into clear-cut scoring opportunities while navigating Mohun Bagan’s defensive block.

Beyond Tactics Individual Brilliance will be IMPORTANT

While the tactical approaches of Habas and Kratky will be crucial, individual moments of brilliance can also decide the outcome. A lapse in concentration at the back or a moment of magic from a star player can swing the game in either direction.

This encounter promises to be a fascinating tactical battle. The coach who can outwit his opponent and adapt his strategy during the game will hold the upper hand. Will Habas’ defensive masterclass prevail, or will Kratky’s possession-based approach overpower Mohun Bagan? The fans are in for a treat as these two tactically astute coaches go head-to-head in a crucial ISL clash.

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