Do-or-die for Mumbai against NEUFC in ISL
new delhi: Mumbai City FC are not losing hope despite having a relatively less chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League. The team that topped the league stage last season is placed seventh at the moment. Mumbai City can reach a maximum of 29 points, provided they win their remaining three matches. Mathematically, that should be enough for them to qualify, if others above them like FC Goa, Kerala Blasters, Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC all drop points. It's a possibility and Mumbai City are keen to play their role well, starting with a clash against NorthEast United FC at Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, on Thursday.
"It's good to be alive. We come here knowing that we have a chance and that we have to play better to try and win tomorrow against a team who have played well but didn't have the luck to get better results. I also hope that tomorrow, finally, we can win a game at home which for us, besides the importance to continue the fight, should be a good present for our fans," Mumbai coach Alexandre Guimaraes said during the pre-match media interaction.
Mumbai City have lost four successive matches at home and after successive losses against Jamshedpur FC and FC Pune City, it seemed as if Mumbai had bid their chances goodbye. Their fortunes changed after an away win against ATK in the last game which kept them alive.
"The pressure will be higher if we coaches don't see that our team is playing well, or the players are not doing what we ask them to do," he said.MPOST