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ISL 2023-24 Final: Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC Report & Highlights

Published at :May 5, 2024 at 12:12 AM
Modified at :May 5, 2024 at 12:12 AM
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6:30 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC match in the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24) Final. The kick-off is just one hour away! I am your host Nayantara Tapadar and will keep you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

ISL 2023-24 Final: Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC – Build-up

The 2023-24 Indian Super League (ISL) final is almost upon us! Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC are set to take flight at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Saturday (May 4) in the aim to clinch the ISL trophy. This will be the third time that these two teams meet in the competition, having picked up one win apiece so far. But with the ISL trophy standing as the prize at the end of the game, both sets of players will be geared up for a feisty and dramatic battle to crown themselves as the champions.

The Mariners have already had a highly successful season. After winning the Durand Cup under Juan Ferrando, they made a dramatic comeback in the second leg of the ISL season to clinch their first-ever ISL shield championship. But now, Mohun Bagan have the chance to complete the ‘Treble’ – which includes the ISL shield, the ISL trophy and the Durand Cup.

That will serve as the biggest motivation for the players to produce their best performance in the final. They are determined to prove themselves as the undisputed best in India, and winning this tie will help consolidate this status. A loss, with home advantage in a final with over 60,000 fans, can be particularly gutting and will end their campaign on a bitter note – something which the players will definitely not want to turn into reality.

Mumbai City FC have had a season full of highs and lows so far. Despite leading the ISL table for a long part of the campaign, they lost out on the ISL shield. The Islanders also came up short in the Durand Cup and the Super Cup, and the ISL trophy is their only remaining shot at winning a title in the 2023-24 season.

That is a big reason why Petr Kratky’s side will try to significantly improve their performance levels to win this. They need to be more clinical and defensively astute in the final than they were in the last game against Mohun Bagan. Mumbai City need to show more hunger and desire to win this, and outwork the hosts to silence the home crowd. The Islanders are aware of how a loss could result in a bitter trophyless campaign, and also ensure they won’t play in Asia next season – which is why the pressure is high on them to get the win.

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