Defender Sarthak Golui also sat down with his coach as they chatted with reporters ahead of their game against Chennaiyin FC.

Having achieved a hard-fought win against Kerala Blasters in their first game, Mumbai City FC will be confident going into their game against Chennaiyin FC at the Marina Arena. Head coach Jorge Costa and defender Sarthak Golui met the press ahead of the match on Sunday.

The Islanders will look to scalp another victory on the road, but face a stiff test against the Marina Machans, who are coming back from a defeat to FC Goa to play at home in front of their boisterous fans.

Coach Jorge Costa praised the efforts of the players in the first game, but was quick to point out the importance of preparation for the upcoming matches, starting from tomorrow. He said, “It was a wonderful game and I was happy with finishing with the three points. But now, it is my job to help the players recover and keep them fighting tomorrow for another three points.”

The coach doesn’t expect a walkover against Chennaiyin, which was evident from his words as he said, “I expect we will have a very difficult game tomorrow. Like it was in Kerala, it will be in Chennai.”

“To be honest, I haven’t thought about the XI tomorrow. Some players are injured and we have only 25 players in the squad, all of whom I trust. The eleven I pick tomorrow will give me the 100% guarantee that we can get the three points and I will choose that squad tomorrow,” said coach Costa leaving people in thoughts about his tactics and personnel for tomorrow’s game.

Mumbai City FC defender Sarthak Golui sounded calm ahead of tomorrow’s game, taking confidence from the three points that his team took from Kochi. He said, “The first match is always important and it was important to start with a win. To get three points from Kochi gave us a lot of confidence. The game in Kochi was difficult with the fans cheering their team and no one expected us to win. We are looking forward to the game against Chennaiyin FC.”

Mumbai City FC square off against Chennaiyin FC at the Marina Arena (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium) in Chennai at 7:30 PM IST on Sunday, 27 October.