ISL 7: Mumbai look to maintain winning momentum against Odisha
Panaji (Goa) [India], December 5 (ANI): Mumbai City FC will look to keep their winning momentum going when they take on Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) season 7 at the GMC Stadium on Sunday.
Mumbai will be entering this match after defeating SC East Bengal 3-0 earlier this week. Sergio Lobera’s side will be on a high coming off a dominant performance and a win against Odisha will help them go level on points with current table topper ATK Mohun Bagan. The likes of Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges, and Adam le Fondre were in sublime form against East Bengal and Mumbai will be hard to beat should they continue in the same manner.
Mumbai was touted as one of the teams to watch out for before the league even began but head coach Sergio Lobera is not getting distracted by the expectations and maintains that his focus is solely on his team.
“For me, there are no favourites. This season is a very different season with special circumstances. My focus is on my team and I need to improve them. We have won a couple of games but there are a lot of things we need to improve,” Lobera said in an official ISL release.
Odisha, on the other hand, are not in the best of form and have only a solitary point so far, but the Spanish coach expects a tough fight from them nonetheless.
“Every game is different, Odisha is a very good team. They have an experienced coach and it is going to be a difficult game for us,” said Lobera.
Odisha coach Stuart Baxter has problems all over the pitch. His side has managed to score just twice in three games and has been leaking at the back, with the defence making multiple errors. Their inability to score stands out especially considering only Chennaiyin FC have had more shots on goal than them (11). Baxter though believes that the goals will come with time.
“The final third is about flank-play, it’s about finishing, it’s about combination play. All these things we’ve been working very hard on. But our possession has not been of the best quality. We’ve not got the numbers up there at times, we’ve not got the bodies into the boxes. We’ve been working on that and I think the possession has been better. I think we will start to also translate that into strikes on goal,” Baxter said. (ANI)