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ISL semis: Just need a goal vs Atletico de Kolkata, says Mumbai City FC coach

Mumbai City FC as they seek to overturn their first-leg Indian Super League semi-final defeat against Atletico de Kolkata at Mumbai Football Arena today. Mumbai City FC lost the first leg 2-3

football Updated: Dec 13, 2016 12:30 IST
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Mumbai City FC players at a training session. They will play Atletico de Kolkata in a second leg ISL semifinal at home on Tuesday. (ISL)

Mumbai City FC head coach Alexandre Guimaraes believes his side’s hopes of reaching their first ever ISL final can be fulfilled by a single goal.

The side from Mumbai host Atletico de Kolkata in the second leg of their ISL 2016 semifinal having lost 2-3 in Kolkata last Saturday.

According to the rules and regulations, the away-goal rule (every away goal counts as two goals on aggregate) does not apply in the ISL. The Mumbai side need to win to level the two-leg tie and take it into extra time.

Guimaraes believes that while his team are on the back foot, they can change the complexion of the tie with a single goal.

“It is just a matter of scoring one goal. This is our first target — to score one goal. After that, it turns into a different match,” Guimaraes said at a pre-match press conference when asked about the pressure on his attacking players to find the net without the support of the suspended Diego Forlan.

The Costa Rican coach said his team had to start aggressively without losing focus.

“The balance will be very important tomorrow. We know that we will attack more than them. It’s normal because they have an advantage. But we cannot be suicidal. We have to go forward but stay well positioned in our midfield and our defensive line,” Guimaraes continued.

Atletico de Kolkata are the only team to have qualified to the knockout stages in all three editions of the ISL.

They can reach the final of the tournament for the second time in three years if they manage a draw or win against Mumbai City on Tuesday.

But head coach Jose Molina does not intend to sit back on the laurels of the first leg.

“Nothing changes for us because of the result in Kolkata. We will not play in a different way. Of course, we know we have a small advantage and we have to keep calm but everything depends how the game is going on tomorrow,” said Molina.

First Published: Dec 13, 2016 12:30 IST