Fatorda (Goa), 10 January (IANS). Defending champion ATK Mohun Bagan will face one of the strongest teams of the season and table topper Mumbai City FC in the seventh season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Monday.
The clash of the top two teams could set the tone for the second half of the season. The match for the top spot could also pave the way for the Asian Champions League qualification, which will serve as an incentive for the teams before the play-offs.
Mumbai City, who have scored 16 goals so far, have the best attack in the league and the goal conversion rate is also 15.84 percent. The team has scored goals in the last eight matches. ATKMB has the best defense, in which it has 7 clean sheets in nine matches and so far it has not scored a single goal from open play this season.
It is clear from the data that this match is going to be between Attacking vs. Defense.
ATKMB coach Antonia Habas said, “I don’t think Mumbai is the only attacking team.” He also has a better counter attack. It is difficult to stop her team as she always plays forward. But I do not think that this fight is going to be between Attacking vs. Defense because football is both attacking and defending.
He said, the importance of a match depends on the time. It is now a match between the first and second teams. It may be that after two or three weeks, the match may not matter that much, but the idea is to play in the same way.
After the first day’s defeat, Mumbai City coach Sergio Lobera has kept his team invincible so far. The team now has to face the real challenge of ATKMB, which has been invincible for the last five matches.
“I think it is going to be an important but not a very important match,” said Lobera. It is only half time and anything is possible in this competition. Anything can change in a short time. Now the most important thing is to keep our focus and improve our game.
Ahmed will not be able to play in this match for Mumbai, who was shown the red card for the second time in the season in the previous match.
He said, Jahou is an important player for us but I have a very good team and there can be no excuse about this. The most important teamwork for me is. It is not about personality. We are good players but you need to work as a team.
Lobera said, when you finish a match, the next most important match is. The situation is the same for tomorrow. It is going to be difficult because we are going to play against a good team. ATK Mohun Bagan is doing a good job.
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