The Gaurs flexed their attacking muscle as they saw off Mumbai City 2-4 to go top of the table.
FC Goa were deserved winners and made their superiority count with a thumping 2-4 win against Mumbai City FC. Under Sergio Lobera, last season’s finalists were the better team for most of the game and dominated possession with 67% of the ball in their grasp.
WATCH: Match Highlights: Mumbai City 2-4 FC Goa
Goals from Lenny Rodrigues, Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous and a late goal from Carlos Pena, saw Goa gain three points and go top of the table as a result of their resounding success.
Despite the result, Lobera voiced his displeasure particularly at the performance of his side in the first 50 minutes, suggesting that there is room for improvement.
Assesment Of The Game
Sergio Lobera said, “We didn’t start the second half well. We need to learn from it. We won the match today and got the three points. I am happy. But, what I am not happy with is how we played the first 50 minutes.”
“Every match is the same. It is important to get three points against each opponent. My players did a very good job today and I am happy with that,” he said when asked about the team composition for the season.
The 42-year-old from Zaragoza expressed his pleasure on being told that opposition manager Jorge Costa hailed FC Goa to be one of the best sides in India. Lobera replied, “I am very happy when people say that about my team. We can win trophies, but to win the respect of the people is what is most important for me. I am thankful that people think of us like that.”
Lobera implied about the significance of collective gain rather than individual brilliance when asked about Ahmed Jahouh, who put in a great performance in midfield for the Gaurs.
“The team is more important for me. I am lucky to have very good individual players. I think good individuals shine in a good team. If players like (Ahmed) Jahouh, Coro (Ferran Corominas) and Edu Bedia are performing well, it is because the team is performing well.”
The Gaurs have been a resilient bunch this season and have put in good performances in perilous times. They have come out with at least a point, especially in their last two games against Bengaluru and NorthEast United.
The ‘Never-Give-Up- Attitude
Such instances give ample evidence of them possessing an inspired bunch of players. Sergio Lobera attributed this to the players believing at any point of the match. He stated, “It is important to believe till the end. When the match is either in the 45th minute or 95th or the 120th minute. I am happy to get a point in the last two matches because the team believed and played well to get the points.”
FC Goa remain unbeaten going into the international break and resume their campaign at Fatorda against Jamshedpur FC on 26 November. Mumbai, on the other hand, travel to Guwahati to face NorthEast United just a day later.