Jamshedpur FC kick-started their ISL campaign with a two goal victory over Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena yesterday showcasing an exceptional display of defensive football in tandem with counter-attack.
Here are the five talking points you need to know about this encounter:
1. Defensive Brilliance Of Jamshedpur :
Jamshedpur FC’s compact defence and classic counter-attacking football was the highlight of the match. Subhasish Roy Chowdhury marked his ground with sharp saves and made no mistake in his one on one encounters to keep the clean sheet. Raju Gaikwad and Jose Arroya (Tiri) had put in a tough shift. Brave tackles and efficient blocking of shots were the theme of the game, set by Jamshedpur’s defenders, along with the tight offside trap.
2. Counter-attacking Classic :
Counter-attacking efficiency was another facet initiated by their dependable defence, to feed the ball to the lights of Sergio Cidoncha, Carlos Calvo and Jerry Mawihmingthanga in tandem to display their blistering pace and create goal scoring opportunities for Sumeet Passi.
Pablo Morgado Blanco’s stoppage time goal depicted the way forward on how Ferrando’s counter attacking style of football is going to take course this season.
3. Sumeet Passi- The Vital Spearhead :
Tim Cahill’s absence which seemed to look as a hindering factor was well resolved by young Sumeet Passi. Passi delivered a sensational performance up front with reliable ball holding and meticulous
positional play to help drive Jamshedpur FC to a convincing win.
César Ferrando addressing Passi’s handwork said,” Tim Cahill is very important to us on and off the field. But, I admire Passi’s performance. He had a terrific work rate, he ran tirelessly and most importantly, he played for the team. He was the man of the match according to me.”
4. Mumbai City FC’s Enhanced Midfield :
The new signings shined for the home side, especially at the centre of the park. Paulo Machado marked his fortress at the Mumbai Football Arena alongside apprentice, Rafael Bastos, another new signing who
had no intentions to hold back. They stole the spotlight with his blistering forward runs.
The newest additions at Mumbai City FC were quite discernible, showing quality in midfield. Both of them dominated the midfield with a couple of forward pushing dribbles down the middle which were influential. Machado executed a brilliant freekick, only to see it hit the crossbar and a disallowed offside goal to follow.
5. Impactful Substitutions :
Apart from the brilliant performance in midfield, there were many positive signs pertaining to the substitutions made by Jorge Costa. Raynier Fernandes and Pranjal Bhumij looked fresh and incisive as soon as they were introduced. Their impact made Jamshedpur FC fight for their money with constant pressing and crisp passing.
It became quite evident after Pablo Morgado Blanco scored the decisive goal, on how Jamshedpur FC’s substitutes adhered to Ferrando’s tactics and his counter-attacking style of football, shedding light on the squad debt.
Jamshedpur finished fifth last season, Mumbai was seventh enduring one of the worst seasons since their inception in the ISL. Both of them will look to better their performance this time around.