Roy Krishna has scored six goals from nine games for ATK Mohun Bagan this season. – Sportzpics
Welcome to Sportstar’s ISL 2020 LIVE blog about the duel between ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC.
Two of the most consistent teams to date in the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League (ISL) – Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan – battled for a place at the top of the current standings Monday at Fatorda Stadium.
As the tournament nears half-time, the league leaders want to take the initiative before the second half of the season. < Current leaders Mumbai City FC have scored 16 goals so far and are the top scorer with a goal conversion rate of 15.84%. It has scored consistently in the last eight games. This makes the duel interesting as Mohun Bagan has a very good defense, having played seven clean sheets in nine games. What makes it more important is the fact that Mohun Bagan has not yet to concede an open game goal this season.
ATK Mohun Bagan’s coach Antonio Lopez Habas refused to follow the statistics. “I don’t think Mumbai is a team that just attacks. They are good at both progressive play and counterattacks. It is very difficult to stop your team because they are always going forward, but I don’t think it’s just a game between attacking and defending because football is all about that, « said Habas.
» The importance of a game depends on the moment. It is currently a match between the first and second teams. Maybe two or three weeks later, the game may not have the same meaning, but the idea right now is to play with all the intensity, « added Habas.
Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera has had a successful one Team like FC Goa changed and their team was kept unbeaten after a defeat in the opening round. But Lobera preferred to treat the game as a mid-season clash and didn’t want to attach any further importance.
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“I think it will be important, but not a crucial game. It’s only half and anything is possible in this competition. Everything in the league can change in a short time. The most important thing now is to keep our focus and improve our game, ”said Lobera, whose team is currently leading the current ranking with 22 points from nine maths.
Mohun Bagan is just behind with 20 points from nine games. Although the Spaniard has no injury concerns, he will miss the services of Ahmed Jahouh, who received his second red card of the season.
The seventh edition of the Indian Super League started in a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20th.
During the four-month tournament, eleven teams will play against each other in a league and playoff format at three venues. With the addition of SC East Bengal, 115 games will be played this season, up from 95 last season.
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