The 4th match of the Indian Super League marks the introduction of two new foreign coaches in India. One of them is Jamshedpur FC’s Spanish addition Cesar Ferrando, who has experience in coaching top-flight LaLiga clubs, Athletico Madrid being one of them. The other one being Portuguese born Jorge Costa who is also an experienced gaffer.
TIME: 7:30 IST
VENUE: MUMBAI FOOTBALL ARENA
TV BROADCAST: STAR SPORTS CHANNELS and HOTSTAR
Jamshedpur FC misses out on 3 key players of the team which might concern coach Ferrando, but he is very hopeful that the other players are going to come up and showcase a classy performance ahead of the clash as they had a very energetic preseason and their attacking midfielder Sergio Cidoncha looks hungry to score past Amrinder. On the other hand, Mumbai City is set to debut at their home ground for the fifth edition of the ISL, with robust defenders like Lucian Goian and the likes of Subhasish Bose, the defence seems to be very compact. Both the teams missed out hitting the top 4 spots last season and are looking to roll the ball to achieve their primary target.
It’s a remorse for the Mumbai fans to miss out on seeing Australian legend Tim Cahill perform at the Mumbai Football Arena as he carries forward his last match suspension imposed on him by the FA while he was representing Millwall at the Championship. The veteran Indian Captain Subrata Paul of Jamshedpur FC also misses out the game for the same reason as he caught up a match suspension last year at the Super Cup. Dhanachandra Singh misses out the match due to his injury concerns.
PROBABLE XI :
Mumbai City – Amrinder, Ghosh, Anwar Ali, Goian, Bose, Milan, Raynier, Rafique, Sogou, Machado, Deory, Bastos
Jamshedpur FC – Subhasish, Gurung, Tiri, Gaikwad, Raju, Arques, Calvo, Memo, Jairu, Cidoncha, Jerry
HEAD TO HEAD
Teams Mumbai City FC Jamshedpur played so far 2 matches
Mumbai City FC1-2 Jamshedpur
Jamshedpur2-2 Mumbai City FC
New Jamshedpur coach Cesar Ferrando remained defiant. “I have 22 players in my team and all of them are ready to play. I don’t want to make an excuse” he said. “We did our pre-season in Spain and I am very happy. I hope we can be fit throughout the season.” Mumbai coach Jorge Costa, also getting his first taste of Indian football, remained pragmatic. “I am not the kind of coach who cannot play without information,” admitting that he had little information on Jamshedpur despite the visitors missing three key players.
Keeping in mind the missing out of two experienced players of Jamshedpur FC, I foresee, Mumbai City playing at their home will have an added advantage of winning the match but no matter what we all expect to see a classic display of football being played and may the best team win.