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ISL: Confident Mumbai City take on in-form NorthEast United

Northeast United are on the top of the table with two wins in two matches and will face Mumbai in their first away fixture.

football Updated: Oct 07, 2016 14:53 IST
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Northeast United are on the top of the table with two wins in two matches and will face Mumbai in their first away fixture.(AFP)

High on confidence after back-to-back victories in their first two matches, NorthEast United FC will look to maintain the momentum when they take on Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) in Mumbai on Friday.

NorthEast United are on a high after registering two victories from their first two matches. They defeated Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the opening game and then put it across FC Goa 2-0 in the second game to pocket the maximum of six points.

Against Mumbai, they will play their first away match and coach Nelo Vingada sought to be grounded, saying his side will not take anything for granted.

“For me tomorrow is the most important and also the most difficult game. I hope it’s a great promotion for the ISL. Three results can happen and we are here to make life hard for Mumbai. It won’t be easy for us but we will try to make things difficult for them,” said the Portuguese coach fondly called ‘The Professor’.

Vingada has coached in several countries around Asia and was pleased with what he saw in the ISL so far.

“The first game in any league is always not the real game for both teams. It was not a great game for both sides. The best thing was the result. We deserved to win because we created many chances.

“The second game was a very good game in any league in Asia. Believe me, this game between NorthEast and Goa can be a good game in Korea, China, Japan, Iran or UAE. I was watching a league game from Emirates (on TV) and it was not better than our game. It was intense, very good opportunities for both teams to score and lot of emotions. We were lucky because we scored twice and the goalkeeper made a lot of good saves,” said Vingada.

Mumbai City FC are also upbeat after their opening match victory against FC Pune City, a rare away win for them in the ISL. The win boosted the confidence of the side and they will be keen to replace NorthEast United at the top of the table.

First Published: Oct 07, 2016 14:43 IST