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6:30 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Mumbai City vs FC Goa match in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22. The Islanders’ new head coach Owen Coyle will look to start his campaign in India with a victory. Meanwhile, FC Goa are also back, and they have barely undergone changes since the last season. The kick-off is just an hour away!
I’m your host Ujyant Ramesh, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football.
Mumbai City vs FC Goa: Building up
For Mumbai City FC, ISL 2021-22 will be all about consistency, as they look to defend their title while preparing for their AFC Champions League debut in 2022. The Islanders have had to cope with massive changes in and around the club, with the departures of key players Boumous, Amrinder, head coach Sergio Lobera as well as the introduction of the new four foreigners rule. Buckingham has an uphill task of retaining the squad’s integrity as well as using the incoming Rahul Bheke, Igor Angulo and Lalengmawia efficiently.
Igor Angulo and Ygor Catatau are exciting signings, with the former a key figure for FC Goa last season. What remains to be seen is how a palatable balance is achieved among the Indian and foreign players. Can Buckingham also avert a rotational crisis with game-time for the youngsters? Coming off the back of a considerably relaxed pre-season, the team will look to stamp their authority on this game and set a marker for the remainder of the season.
After they narrowly missed out on the final last season, FC Goa will look to come out with all guns blazing. Juan Ferrando has retained the core of his team, with the only notable departure being Igor Angulo (Mumbai City) and Ishan Pandita (Jamshedpur). The 40-year-old has enjoyed commendable progress since his appointment and will look to build on the same. With the swashbuckling pre-season they had, one can only expect this side to be hungry for the title.
With an established set of starting players, Ferrando will look to employ a creative midfield partnership of Edu Bedia and Glan Martins. Dylan Fox could get the nod ahead of Ivan Gonzalez at the back. The squad depth with regard to the four foreigners’ rule should not be a source of woe for Ferrando as youngsters like Princeton Rebello and Alexander Romario Jesuraj have shown their capability of putting up performances when called upon. FC Goa will look to capitalize on Mumbai’s change of order to wreak havoc in their ranks and make a statement.