Mumbai are looking to get back to winning ways after two points from their last four games.
Mumbai City FC set the pace at the start of the league with two consecutive victories but hasn’t tasted a win in their last four matches. Since those two wins at the start against FC Pune City and NorthEast United FC, Mumbai have only managed two points in their next four matches, including a solitary goal loss in the last game against FC Goa.
“We are here to play against Atletico de Kolkata to get the points that we didn’t get against FC Goa,” said Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes.
The Costa Rican coach will have to juggle with his squad after several of his players picked up injuries. Leo Costa and Anwar Ali could only make it to the bench in the previous match because of injuries, while Pronay Halder and Matias Defederico had to be substituted. Boithang Haokip is still recovering from the knock against Kerala Blasters, leaving Guimaraes very little to pick from, especially since four of his players are still on duty with Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup.
But he feels that his side lost valuable three points against Atletico de Kolkata on their home turf because they were reduced to ten men halfway into the match. “However, I feel that tomorrow’s match will be a better one for us than the first. Both the teams are in the top four and I feel that itself speaks volumes for the fixture that is going to take place tomorrow,” Guimaraes told the press.
When asked about Diego Forlan and how happy he is with his marquee player’s performance Guimaraes said, “Of course. I am satisfied with his performance on the pitch. He helped us secure some valuable points in the beginning of the ISL.”
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Match Preview by Khel Now Correspondent Kushankur Rony Rakshit. Sports passionate and content writer. He is big football and cricket fan.