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Delhi Dynamos look to wreck Mumbai City’s bid for Indian Super League playoffs

Out of the reckoning for the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Super League season, Delhi Dynamos will look to disrupt Mumbai City’s quest for the top four when the two sides meet in New Delhi on Tuesday

football Updated: Feb 26, 2018 19:44 IST
Bhargab Sarmah
Bhargab Sarmah
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Delhi Dynamos FC are out of contention for an Indian Super League play-off berth.
Delhi Dynamos FC are out of contention for an Indian Super League play-off berth. (ISL / SPORTZPICS)

The last time Delhi Dynamos and Mumbai City met in the Indian Super League (ISL), the latter secured a 4-0 win at home in a game that saw both sides play the second half with ten men.

At the time, it was Delhi Dynamos’ sixth straight loss in the tournament. Miguel Angel Portugal’s side managed to win only one game from their next six after the loss in Mumbai and their poor run saw them go out of contention for a playoff spot well before the end of the regular season.

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However, the team from the capital has enjoyed a reversal of fortunes in recent games. In a bid for a strong finish to the season, Dynamos have managed to pick up eight points from their last four games, losing two and drawing two.

In the last match against two-time ISL champions ATK, they came back from 3-1 down to notch a morale-boosting 4-3 win.

With Mumbai City among the group of five clubs fighting it out for the two remaining playoff spots – Bengaluru FC and FC Pune City having already qualified – Delhi will hope to hand the visitors a major jolt when the two sides face off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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“After the win against ATK the morale of the team is really good. We have now drawn two and won two in the previous four,” Dynamos head coach Portugal told reporters on the eve of the match.

“We lost 4-0 in Mumbai so we want to correct that. There were a lot of problems. Matias (Mirabaje) got sent off. We want to forget that match even though we played well,” he added.

Mumbai, on the other hand, know that anything other than a win will almost certainly put paid to their hopes of making the playoffs.

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Visiting coach Alexandre Guimaraes said his players will have to be cautious against a Delhi side that has been playing with ‘no fear’.

“You can see that they are playing with no fear of making mistakes. It doesn’t matter that they are in this situation; they will continue to play their way. This is the kind of game that you have to be very careful with,” he remarked.

First Published: Feb 26, 2018 19:44 IST

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