Mumbai City FC hosted Delhi Dynamos at match number 20 of the Hero Indian Super League at the Mumbai Football Arena after a disappointing outing to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa three days back where they got vanquished by the mighty FC Goa who justified their nickname “Gaurs” by defeating the Islanders by a scoreline of 5-0. It seemed the team did their homework and made the necessary changes to make things fall in place as Mumbai City bounced back by winning today’s clash by a scoreline of 2-0 by displaying commendable style of play against the crippled Delhi Dynamos who are still in active search for tasting their first victory of the fifth season. Let us take a look at the five major talking points from today’s clash:
1) Ravi Kumar had the perfect start for Mumbai City :
Ravi Kumar played for the NorthEast United last season and appeared in two of their matches. He signed a contract with the Islanders this season and got his very first opportunity to play full time and prove his talent.
He justified the opportunity gifted to him and made some exuberant saves which helped Mumbai City play their game consistently. As mentioned by the head coach Jorge Costa in the post-match conference, “Ravi had a very good game today. He gave confidence to the team and this is very important. Also, it’s the first game that he played today.” The quote itself makes us predict that the 25-year-old goalkeeper can be seen more often patrolling inside the Mumbai City FC box.
2) Sougou succeeding to deliver at home ground :
Modou Sougou found the net for the second time in the royal blue shade as he scored a proficient tap-in against the Spanish shot-stopper, Francisco Dorronsoro. The Senegalese striker played a vital part in the match as he opened up spaces to play him passes, switched position efficiently to distract the defenders and pressed highly on the visiting side. Sougou almost got himself another goal at the first half by making a lethal inside with the ball and attempting a well-placed shot with his left foot to score past Fransisco. Sougou had an encouraging game at the home ground but it is still unassertive whether he’s going to be consistent throughout the season.
3) Machado missing out on Penalty :
Paulo Machado was being elected as the Mumbai City captain for the first time in the “Maha Derby” against FC Pune City where he displayed beautiful football and went on to score a goal for his side and lead his team to a 2-0 triumph. Machado is one of the key players for Mumbai City FC and it was clearly mentioned by Costa on the other day that if there’s a set-piece inside the box, it will be taken by Machado if he’s confident. Though, his confidence seemed to be a bit disturbed after the last outing as he failed to keep his penalty on target. Though Machado came back stronger and played an important part building up the second goal, it is yet to be seen in the upcoming fixtures if he remains the formidable leader for the Islanders.
4) Mumbai pressing high :
Mumbai City from the starting of the game was impeccably maintaining their compactness and robust defence as Lucian Goian led the side from the back by allowing the side backs to overlap and contribute to the attacks. The entire unit started pressing very high which forced the visitors to make some unlikely mistakes which the Islanders failed to take the utmost opportunity.
5) Delhi missing out on opportunities :
Delhi Dynamos had quite a few opportunities coming in favour of them. One of them being the defensive error from Lucian Goian providing a golden opportunity to Romeo to score past the newly appointed Ravi Kumar and open the scoring sheet for the Dynamos. They created a lot of chances and had 6 shots on target which they failed to convert. Having a look at that, Delhi Dynamos also had better possession in most of the match but failed to convert. Delhi Dynamos still seem to have a patch of hard luck as gaffer Josep Gombau looks desperate to clinch the first three points from a match after playing 5 matches.