ISL 2018-19: Mumbai Metropolis’s run jogs my memory of us from final season, says Chennaiyin FC supervisor John Gregory


Mumbai: Forward of their conflict within the Indian Tremendous League, Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory stated that Mumbai Metropolis FC reminds him of his facet’s performances from final season. Talking on the pre-match press convention, Gregory stated that the present Mumbai facet and his Chennai staff from final yr had a profitable mentality which noticed them win matches even when their performances weren’t notably good.

“They remind me of us final yr. They haven’t performed notably effectively in some video games however have ended up profitable them and that may be a signal of staff. We did that fairly a bit final yr. We labored arduous in matches and did not play notably effectively however nonetheless ended up profitable matches and I believe Mumbai have been comparable this yr,” Gregory stated.

Mumbai Metropolis FC have been a tricky facet to crack for ISL groups to date this season. ISL

“Mumbai had been a bit bit lucky of their final match towards Delhi Dynamos. Delhi made a number of possibilities and will have scored extra objectives. Within the second half, particularly, Mumbai performed a lot better and ended up profitable the sport,” he added.

Jorge Costa’s Mumbai have stored 5 clear sheets this season, probably the most by any staff to date. They’ve additionally let in simply 10 objectives from their 9 matches. Contemplating FC Goa put 5 previous them in a single match, Mumbai have ended up conceding a measly 5 objectives of their remaining eight matches. In line with Gregory, Mumbai’s turnaround after the Goa thumping has been admirable and praised his counterpart for his defensive construction and the stability in his Mumbai staff.

“Mumbai have been powerful defensively and have stored probably the most clear sheets. I believe Jorge in all probability discovered loads after they conceded 5 towards Goa. Since then they’ve been defensively sturdy and it is arduous to attain towards them.

“It is a pretty well-balanced staff. There will not be notably weak in any space and play effectively collectively making them powerful to beat. There isn’t a flowing soccer. Mumbai aren’t like Goa. However in conditions the place Goa will concede objectives, Mumbai will not. Jorge has acquired it proper that approach. At any time when he has made adjustments or modified the formation, transfer one or two of his gamers round, it at all times appears to work,” Gregory stated.

Whereas Mumbai have been stable and boast of a balanced staff, Gregory believes that his facet is missing a vicious streak and known as on his gamers to be ruthless if they’re to salvage something from the season.

“There’s not a vicious streak in us. We’re fairly a pleasant staff to play towards. We misplaced a few our powerful guys in Dhanpal Ganesh, Henrique Sereno and Bikramjit Singh. We misplaced that little little bit of edge and that’s in all probability enjoying its half. We have to be much more ruthless,” he concluded.

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