The Islanders were outclassed by the Lions as both teams went down to ten men.
Mumbai City FC crashed to a 5 – 1 defeat at the hands of Delhi Dynamos FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday. The loss also knocked them out of contention for a playoff berth. Everton Santos was the sole scorer for the team, as the Islanders had no answer to a rampant Lions side, who are currently enjoying a five-match undefeated streak.
Addressing the media during the post-match press conference was Mumbai’s head coach Alexandre Guimaraes, who shared his disappointment at the bitter loss. “We tried to fight today to stay in the hunt for the top four, but the players did not play well,” he stated. “We had to take some risks today. And of course, we could do little. But throughout the season, Mumbai City FC has been a respectable team. Now is the time to reorganize and see what is next.”
The Costa Rican, however, refused to blame custodian Amrinder Singh for the rout. “I think that the situation we got into had nothing to do with our goalkeeper Amrinder,” he remarked. “The goals that Delhi scored, he could not do much about them. He has had a fantastic season, has grown a lot and he is one of the goalkeepers with so much development.”
The 58-year-old also explained what went wrong during the course of the game, which was a must-win for his side. “It took us some inconvenience to read the game,” Guimaraes revealed. “Then we did not profit from the situations we had. The start of the second half was all ours. When it was 1 – 1, they had their backs turned and we had our chances. But then came this wonderful goal from (Matias) Mirabaje and that changed the momentum.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Dynamos head coach Miguel Portugal expressed his delight with the result. “We had a great night,” he said. “The players played well and we scored five goals. The fans who were supporting are very happy.”
The Spaniard further added, “We played well in the first match of the competition. But then, it was all downhill for us. Now again, we are playing well to get the results we are getting. When we play well, the confidence of the players goes up.”