Jorge Costa’s side has now gone five matches without a win and its only success came against Kerala in Kochi in its first match of the season. While the performances have offered promise, MCFC has lacked killer instinct in games and has not been able to see off matches. Mumbai City is seventh on the table with six points, one spot and a point better than KBFC.
Mumbai City’s all-Indian backline will need to improve as it has been caught out far too often in recent matches. Its last outing saw ATK’s Roy Krishna equalise in the sixth minute of injury time to share the spoils. Coach Costa admitted that MCFC was under pressure to deliver victories, with its opponent also facing a similar situation.
“The pressure will be on both teams. We are playing under pressure because we need points. We need to be close to the part (in the table) we want and I think that we deserve it. Yes, we are playing under pressure and that’s okay. It is part of football,” said Costa. In the other camp, Eelco Schattorie’s bad run on the field remains unbroken.
Following a draw against FC Goa, Kerala is still chasing its second win of the season since an opening day triumph. Blasters has done better in away games and Schattorie will be hoping the fortunes will favour the visitor in Mumbai.