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Mumbai City FC: Road to ISL 2023-24 Final

Published at :May 3, 2024 at 11:30 AM
Modified at :May 3, 2024 at 11:30 AM
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(Courtesy : ISL Media)

Atawaris Warsi

Mumbai City FC didn’t fumble even after a change at helm mid-season.

Mumbai City FC have successfully made it to the finals of the 2023-24 Indian Super League and will take on Mohun Bagan on the road at the renowned Salt Lake Stadium.

The Islanders started off the season with Des Buckingham as the head coach. However, in the middle of the season, the Englishman left the team to take on the managerial role at his childhood club, Oxford United.

At that time, many thought that Mumbai City FC would stumble and take some time to recover from the loss of Buckingham. However, their new head coach, Petr Kratky, wove magic as the team prospered more and more under his tutelage.

Out of the 18 league games that Kratky managed thereafter, Mumbai City FC lost only thrice, winning twelve of those 18 fixtures and drawing three. The Islanders also finished second in the table, having just missed out on the ISL Shield after facing defeat at the hands of Mohun Bagan on the final matchday.

With that being said, Let us look at the team’s road to the 2023-24 ISL playoffs finale. 

  • NorthEast United 1-2 Mumbai City FC
  • Odisha FC 2-2 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 2-1 Kerala Blasters
  • Mumbai City FC 1-1 Hyderabad FC
  • Mumbai City FC 2-1 Punjab FC
  • Bengaluru FC 0-4 Mumbai City FC
  • FC Goa 0-0 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 0-0 East Bengal FC
  • Mumbai City FC 2-1 Mohun Bagan Super Giant
  • Kerala Blasters 2-0 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 3-0 Chennaiyin FC
  • Mumbai City FC 2-3 Jamshedpur FC
  • East Bengal 0-1 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 2-0 Bengaluru FC
  • Chennaiyin FC 0-2 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 1-1 FC Goa
  • Punjab FC 2-3 Mumbai City FC
  • Jamshedpur FC 0-3 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 4-1 NorthEast United FC
  • Hyderabad FC 0-3 Mumbai City FC
  • Mumbai City FC 2-1 Odisha FC
  • Mohun Bagan Super Giant 2-1 Mumbai City FC

In the semi-finals, Mumbai City FC took on Manolo Marquez’s FC Goa. In the first leg, the team was 2-0 down, only to turn the game on its head with a remarkable comeback in the dying minutes to make it 3-2. Then, in the second leg, they completely dominated the Gaurs and scored two more goals to make the aggregate score 5-2 in their favour and qualify for the finale.

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