ISL 2017-18: Mumbai City FC eye win against Jamshedpur FC at home
Jamshedpur FC are on fifth spot in the Indian Super League (ISL) standings with 19 points from 13 games, while Mumbai City FC are a place down, after capturing 17 points from 12 matches.Updated: Jan 31, 2018 18:00 IST
Spurred on by their emphatic 4-3 triumph over FC Goa earlier this week, Mumbai City FC will be looking to carry forward the momentum when they host Jamshedpur FC on Thursday evening.
Mumbai City are without a win at the Mumbai Football Arena in their last two games there -- their last a 3-1 thrashing at the hands of league leaders Bengaluru FC. And fifth placed Jamshedpur FC will certainly pose a tough contest coming off three wins from their last four games.
The game though, provides both teams a fantastic opportunity to better their chances of making the play-offs. Mumbai City are positioned one spot below Jamshedpur FC with 17 points from 12 games; a win would take them to fourth.
The visitors, who have played one game more are with 19 points and could also displace FC Goa at fourth with a win. But FC Goa’s shift could only be temporary as they have played only 11 games.
Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes says that his team does not have the liberty of dropping points on Thursday and have taken lessons from their consecutive home defeats.
“We cannot lose and not even thinking of drawing. We have realised with the players what our wrongdoings were those games. So I hope that tomorrow we can get this situation clear and our first task is to win,” he said.
“In these kinds of games, every detail will make the difference as both teams understand the competitive nature of the contest. Jamshedpur is not a team which concedes too many goals. We have to be very much accurate to convert the chances that we have. Our defence has to be very alert. In the last games, they have changed their approach. This is one of the tough matches,” the Costa Rican opined of the game.
Jamshedpur FC boss Steve Coppell admitted that Mumbai City’s latest win could give them an added impetus but says that his team is under no pressure on Thursday.
“It’s just another good game against a very good side. Mumbai are coming off a very good result against Goa so that could work for them. But there is no pressure. I don’t think it’s a do-or-die match for both teams. We have five games left and they have six. You can lose and become part of the play-offs but of course it becomes tougher them,” said the English tactician.
“We played out a great 2-2 draw in Jamshedpur. Both sides will be trying to win because the prize is worth winning (3 points). They’ll be looking to score goals and we will look to deal with it and counter to create problems of our own. Our intent is to be as open as we can while attacking,” Coppell added.
First Published: Jan 31, 2018 17:50 IST