Struggling Delhi take on confident Mumbai in ISL game
Mumbai: Struggling Delhi Dynamos will strive hard and hope for a turnaround in their fortunes when they take on a confident-looking Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League game, on Friday.
Delhi are on the horns of a horror run since their lone victory against FC Pune City in their season-opening away game on November 22. They have lost five games on the trot since then, three of those at home, and are currently lying at the bottom of the points table.
And today, Delhi would be eager to arrest the streak and add to their meagre point tally of three. The hosts, on the other hand, had a hiccup in their last home game losing to ATK but then travelled to Guwahati to put it across NorthEast United FC. They also have a chance to go to the number two slot on the table if they win at the Mumbai Football Arena in suburban Andheri.
Mumbai have won three out of seven games and drawn one and their tally of 10 has left them currently in the middle of the table, but a victory over Delhi would pitchfork them higher. Mumbai have had a mixed run so far and looked impregnable at home before ATK punctured it with a measured performance 10 days ago.
"It is not about pressure but it is high time that we start winning games. That is what we have come to do here.
Everything was right: the training, the team and the performances as well. The only thing not working is the thrust in the final third and the finishing," said Shakti Chauhan, assistant coach of Delhi Dynamos.
The hosts have a sound back four led by Romanian Lucian Goian and Brazilian Gerson Vieira, backed up by the goal- stopping skills of Amrinder Singh who has emerged with two clean sheets, as compared to none for the visitors an indication of what the visitors are up against. Balwant Singh has been Mumbai's most successful striker with four goals to his credit, including a brace in the win in the previous away game against NorthEast United. He has the backing of a good midfield led by Cameroon's Achille Emana who himself has scored once so far in seven outings.