SC East Bengal will look to beef up their assault and safe their maiden win within the Indian Super League after they tackle Mumbai City FC on the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday. Despite heavy odds, the Robbie Fowler-coached East Bengal put up a creditable present of their first outing of ISL, in opposition to ATK Mohun Bagan even although they misplaced 0-2.
Last to enter the Indian Super League, Fowler had lower than a month to construct the squad and if that was not sufficient they have been pitted in opposition to their formidable arch-rivals on debut. But Fowler’s aspect dominated possession and their former Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington regarded threatening within the midfield. It was lack of ending prowess with Balwant Singh upfront that proved expensive for them.
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“It’s not been the most ideal preparation. For a team that has been together for two-and-a-half weeks, I think we put in a good performance,” Fowler mentioned following their defeat to ATKMB.
“But we’ve accepted it, adapted to it. We were incredibly late coming here, so we have not trained together. But the way we played, we proved we can get better and better,” Fowler added.
Apart from Pilkington, Matti Steinmann regarded sturdy in passes and held possession for lengthy, however their Indian contingent would wish to buck up and the ahead line to convert their possibilities after they conflict in opposition to the Sergio Lobera-outfit.
After securing their first win of the season, Mumbai City FC will probably be eager to construct on the momentum. The Islanders have dominated possession in each their matches, nevertheless, they’ve struggled to rating. They have registered only one objective to this point, joint least amongst groups who’ve performed two matches.
The Adam Le Fondre-Hugo Boumous pair will as soon as once more be key for Mumbai’s assault. It stays to be seen although if Bartholomew Ogbeche will get his place within the beginning XI.
“It is going to be a good game because they are a very good team in defence. We need to work very well to win the game,” mentioned the Mumbai City FC coach.
“Our plan is the same, always our focus is to try and improve our level and to try and learn about our mistakes, which we made in the last two games and nothing changes about what I want as a coach”, he added.
The contest may even be a momentous event for defender Mandar Rao Dessai, who may turn out to be the primary participant within the ISL to full 100 appearances. “It’s important for a player to play as many matches as possible,” the Goan mentioned.
“I’m really proud about this. And I dedicate this to all my teammates and the coaches I’ve played under in this league.”
With each groups adopting a possession-based model, the conflict guarantees to be an intriguing one. Sergio Lobera’s aspect has averaged 511 passes per match to this point whereas East Bengal accomplished 476 passes of their opening recreation.