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ISL 5: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury praised by Cesar Ferrando

MUMBAI: Jamshedpur FC coach Cesar Ferrando was delighted with his side’s clinical 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC, reserving special praise for goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury.

Two goals from Mario Arques and Pablo Morgado on the either side of the pitch secured the three points for the Men of Steel in their 2018/19 Indian Super League (ISL) opener at Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday.

“It’s a great performance from the players,” Ferrando said after the game. “I think we played the first hour very well and then, Mumbai played very well. In the last 15 minutes, we tried to keep the lines together and to keep the save because we knew we could have another chance. We won and we are very happy.”

Mumbai City gave Jamshedpur a run for their money in the final quarter of the match and would consider themselves extremely unlucky to see two goals disallowed for offside.

Though Ferrando was pleased with they way his side defended but admitted his defense need improvement despite a clean sheet.

“It was not as easy as the scoreboard suggests though. Mumbai pushed a lot. They move the ball quickly, they shift sides, they put a lot of pressure on our defensive organisation. But I thought the boys, with their defensive organisation, really restricted them a lot. We have to polish up our defending though.”

The Spaniard also heaped praise goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury for his contribution in the 2-0 win making a string of fine saves especially in the second-half to keep the Mumbai City attackers at bay.

“Yes, my keeper performed really well. He’s another player in the team and we need to play like one good unit. He did his work and I am happy for him. He did really well and made some good saves.” Ferrando said.

ISL 5: Jamshedpur FC two good for Mumbai City FC

MUMBAI: Jamshedpur FC began their campaign in the 2018/19 Indian Super League (ISL) with a 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC at Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Men of Steel scored twice in each halves through Mario Arques (28′) and Pablo Morgado (90+5′) to earn three crucial points on the road.

Of the two teams it was Jamshedpur who settled into the match first with a early attack on the Mumbai City goal through Jerry Mawihmingthanga, showing their intent to press high and put pressure on their opponents.

Jamshedpur looked a lot more comfortable on the ball, adopting a passing game that often had Mumbai City giving chase rather than being able to control the game themselves.

There were a slew of chances for the visitors but they were thwarted each time either by the penalty area management from Amrinder Singh, or their own difficulties finding the target.

The break eventually came for Jamshedpur in the 28th minute when Carlos Calvo crossed the ball into the Mumbai City area where a waiting Mario Arques headed it over the line to open the scoring.

Going behind spurred Mumbai City into action with a couple of decent forays into their opponent’s half, however, they were repeatedly denied by Jamshedpur, and forced to deal with a wave of rapid counter attacks.

The back and forth continued with Mumbai City gaining more possession. Nonetheless, Jorge Costa’s charges failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be more keen on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line finding Modou Sougou or Rafael Bastos. However it wasn’t meant to be and Jamshedpur retained their one goal lead going into the breather.

Mumbai City continued with that momentum as they came out for the second-half as they forced Jamshedpur goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury into making a number of goal-denying saves.

The hosts started making greater inroads into their opponent’s final third as the second-half wore on with Mumbai City showing great determination in their pursuit of an equalizer, while Jamshedpur remained solid at the back.

The match started to become a little tenser as the clock counted down and Mumbai City even had couple of goals ruled out for offside in the final quarter.

First it was Mohammed Rafique who put the ball into the back of the net in the 77th minute, however, the referee ruled it out for offside. Then Sougou found the target seven minutes later but again the linesman had his flag up.

With five minutes of additional time Mumbai City threw themselves forward, but the visitors had other ideas as they scored through substitute Pablo Morgado in the additional time to to put the result beyond questions.

ATK Rope In Former Paris Saint Germain Striker

Kolkata: ATK have brought Brazilian striker Éverton Santos on board for the 2018-19 Indian Super League. Santos started his career playing in the youth groups of São José EC and used to play for French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

In 2011, the 31-year old moved to the South Korean K League Classic side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and has since then played for clubs like FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai.

In 2017, Santos signed up with ISL franchise Mumbai City and was currently playing for Brazilian club Botafogo SP. The striker was the top scorer for Mumbai City last season with eight goals across both ISL and the Super Cup. He will be seen in ATK jersey for the fifth edition of the ISL.

He becomes the final foreign player to be signed for ATK this season. Santos is also the second Brazilian to be signed by the club after Gérson Vieira, who incidentally also played for Mumbai City FC.

“We have built a strong attacking team and Santos further strengthens our attack. He is not only a valuable centre-forward but he is equally brilliant as a winger on both flanks. His versatility adds more depth to this team.” ATK coach Steve Coppell said.

“I enjoy playing in the ISL and this is all the more special because I am joining a team that has been crowned champions twice. I hope to contribute significantly and bring the Cup home.” Éverton Santos said.

FC Goa sign top Indian winger

PANJIM: FC Goa have announced the signing of Manipur winger, Jackichand Singh from Kerala Blasters FC.

The winger has represented Maharashtra duo FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) in the past and has made his move to Goa for the forthcoming season of the football mega event.

Jackichand was picked up by FC Pune City in the first ever football player auction in the second season of the league and went on to score one goal for the club before moving to Mumbai City FC the following season. At Mumbai, Jackichand was an integral part of the attacking contingent and contributed to the success of the team on the pitch.

The Manipuri then moved to Kerala Blasters FC for the recently concluded edition of the ISL and had his best personal season in the history of the competition. The winger went on to score two goals, including one against the Gaurs and assisted three more for the club. Jackichand has also pulled on the blue of the national team on 16 occasions, contributing to two goals in the process.

Said Jackichand on his move to FC Goa, “Signing for FC Goa is a very proud moment for me and it was something I really wanted. The attractive brand of football the team plays under Sergio Lobera is one of the main reasons why I wanted to join this team and I’m very happy that I’m here now,”. He added, “I can’t wait to get out on to the pitch and showcase what I have to offer to the amazing fans of the club. It’s a well-known fact that the fans always back the team and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of them at the Fatorda stadium.”

FC Goa Head Coach Sergio Lobera was excited at the prospect of the wily winger joining the ranks and said, “I think it is a really good signing. His profile adapts very well to our philosophy and is a player with a tremendous turn of pace and ability to destabilize defenders. He is good at one on one situations as well and provides assist to the team while also being able to score goals. I’m happy with the effort the club has put in to sign the player because I am certain that he is a player who will help us achieve our goals,” he mentioned.

ISL 4: FC Goa, Mumbai City look to cut the gap

Goa: FC Goa saw Bengaluru FC go top of the Indian Super League table on Republic Day, but can cut the gap with the top three with a win over Mumbai City FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, on Sunday.

The Gaurs have two games in hand and need to make it count – if they win both games, they will have a prospective one-point lead on top. However, they will have a desperate Mumbai City to deal with first up.

Mumbai has seen a huge drop in form, having failed to win in their last three games, drawing one and losing two, letting in six goals in the process.

“I think we are one of the teams that found a way past FC Goa during the first round and beat them. From that game onward, they have continued to do what they do well and because of that they are in the position that they are. They are effective but in that game we managed to control them and we hope that we can do the same on Sunday,” said Mumbai head coach Alexandre Guimaraes, referring to a 2-1 win early in the season.

It was after that loss against Mumbai that Goa went on to stitch three wins in a row. As it stands, they’re on the cusp of another hat-trick of wins, having beaten Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters in the run up to this fixture.

Guimaraes still believes that most teams are in with a chance to make the top four, but the difference this season is the lack of draws.

“All the teams still have a chance to be in the top four. The difference from last season is that this season there haven’t been too many draws and that is making the difference for the teams in the top four. We are still in the battle and have (seven) games to play. We know that from our performances early on we have won points from places where it is tough (to come away with points),” he said.

There is a sense of anticipation as well with FC Goa signing Mark Sifneos from Kerala Blasters: “I cannot guarantee a player minutes based on his performances in former teams. I decide this on the training performances. But he is available for tomorrow,” their head coach Sergio Lobera said.

The addition of a striker despite scoring at 2.4 goals per match is a sign of the attacking intent of Lobera, and takes some responsibility off the shoulders of Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote in terms of scoring and setting up goals.

All eyes will also be on whether Lobera’s team can stop leaking goals – they’ve let in 17 goals, as many as ninth-placed NorthEast United FC.

ISL 4: Mumbai, Bengaluru desperate to get back to winning ways

Mumbai: After a disappointing 0-1 loss against Kerala Blasters FC in their previous game, and that too at home, Mumbai City FC are desperate for a win to keep up the pressure on other teams fighting for the top four slots in the Indian Super League.

Having said that, their opponents, Bengaluru FC, too are looking to overcome their unexpected loss to laggards Delhi Dynamos in an away game not too long ago.

There is a lot at stake for both teams when they meet at Mumbai Sports Arena on Thursday. A win for BFC will see them go back to the top of the points table. On the other hand, Mumbai City FC, which have seen some good results in patches this season, can’t afford any slip up with Kerala Blasters and ATK hot on their heels to make it to the play-offs. And MCFC’s Costa Rican coach Alexandre Guimarães is well aware of that.

“In terms of team performance, I see the team developing. Sometimes this progress doesn’t match the results. And now we have a situation where we have to stand again and we’ll do it. The team which just lay down, will be finished. We’ll not do that. We’ll fight with all our resources to be in the top four,” Guimarães told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Mumbai were humbled 0-2 by Bengaluru but Guimarães believes his side has improved since.

“The first game, we had too many situations that didn’t allow us to make a good game. They deserved that win for sure. But from that game, we have been building. Our style of play, which has us in this package of eight teams, everybody has a chance to make it to the top four. ISL is like that. You have to be alert, anything can happen. You have to work on how to improve your team and we have been doing that,” the coach added.

If Mumbai have to have any chance of out-gunning Bengaluru, they will have to push their game to another level. BFC, under Albert Roca, are enjoying an incredible debut season in the ISL, and not surprisingly, expectations have grown on them. Bengaluru FC lost their last game against Delhi Dynamos, but their coach feels it’s nothing to worry about.

“It happens. It’s a short season. And see when you have quality behind it’s easy to get back,” he said.

At the same time Roca also feels that there has been an added pressure on his team due to the “favourite tag” that they have been carrying since the start of the tournament.

“We need a balance in our results. We have two wins and then we lose, that’s not good enough. That favourite tag is not good. It puts added pressure on the players when people say ‘oh, you will win everything’. But, though there is pressure, I can tell you that we have the quality to do well,” added Roca

Talking about the game he said, “It’s a tough game and we’ll have to do our best to get the result.”

ISL 4: Hume strikes again as Kerala pip Mumbai 1-0

Mumbai, January 14:  A first half strike by in-form Iain Hume handed David James his second consecutive win in the Indian Super League since taking over as head coach at Kerala Blasters FC.  The 1-0 over Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Sports Arena on Sunday also helped the visitors climb up one spot on the points table to sixth place, with only goal difference separating from sixth-placed Mumbai City FC, who are also on 14 points.
The game began with Mumbai sending in a few quick crosses into Kerala’s box for Balwant Singh to go and attack. Sixteen minutes into the game, Sanju Pradhan and Balwant tested the much touted KBFC defence but the highest Indian scorer’s header went just wide of goal.
Alexandre Guimarães’ side continued to ask questions of the visitor’s defense, but it was Kerala Blasters FC who took the lead in the 23rd minute. A quick free-kick by Courage Pekuson caught Mumbai’s defense napping and Hume break free from the off-side trap to out-step the ball past a diving Amrinder.
Responding well after the initial shock, Mumbai City FC kept possession of the ball well for the remainder of the first half. However, they failed to create any clear-cut chances to make any difference.
The second half began with Kerala Blasters replacing a striker with a midfielder. CK Vineeth came on for Sifenois to try and wrestle control of the game in the midfield from Mumbai. But it was Lalruatthara, who had to come up with a heroic block on the line from a Balwant Singh strike to deny Mumbai the equalizer.
The second half saw both sides guilty of conceding and committing unnecessary fouls. In the final third of the game, Mumbai FC goalkeeper, Amrinder Singh, had to come up with a couple of good saves to stop the visitors from adding to their tally. In the 80th minute, he got down well to palm a Hume free kick after Lucian Goian pulled CK Vineeth down on the edge of his own box. From the resulting corner, the Mumbai stopper was again on hand to deny Vineeth, who looked certain to double Kerala’s lead after the ball fell kindly to him.

ISL 4: Mumbai City FC up against resurgent Kerala Blasters

Mumbai: Mumbai City FC will welcome a resurgent Kerala Blasters when they take on the visitors from South at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday night. The two teams are separated by just three points at the halfway stage of Hero Indian Super League, and Kerala’s new head coach David James has not yet lost a game since his return to the club.

Mumbai City are also in a rich vein of form – unbeaten in three games with two of those being victories. But their head coach Alexandre Guimarães believes that its a different side they’ll be facing when compared to team which drew 1-1 against them in early December this season.

“A new coach shakes up everyone – those being left on the bench, those starting, everyone. They have won a very important game away and it has made them alive and that is a warning for us that we cannot give them any chances. They also have a new foreign player who gives them something different. This is a team which will travel energised,” he said, referring to new signing Keziron Kuzito, who has made a good start to life in Indian football.

That said, Guimarães was confident of his side’s ability and said that half of their season’s mission was complete.

“Our first goal of the season was to finish close to the playoff spots at the halfway stage and I think we’ve accomplished that. This has put us in a good situation to continue to compete and we hope that we can make the most from run of home games now. I am very confident that we have the resources and the players to fight till the end and be in the top four – that is for sure,” he said.

He added that he was curious to see how his side will penetrate the organised defence line of the Blasters. As for the Blasters, their head coach David James said that Mumbai were at a slight advantage with the extra rest they have had – and that meant for work for the physios to get his side ready for games in quick succession. He also said that Mumbai City will present a very different challenge compared to Delhi Dynamos, who Kerala beat 3-1 in their previous game.

“It was important that we were disciplined and showed no fear. We had to get the result, especially given the results around us. And that is what we have to do tomorrow. Mumbai have a different style of play compared to Delhi – we have to adapt ourselves to that style. Fortunately we have a good coaching staff and have had the opportunity to prepare. As much as the win was enjoyable against Delhi, this is about another away game and we still have to do some things right which we were not able to,” he said.

Considering the nationwide support Blasters receive, James and company will certainly feel at home at the Mumbai Football Arena creating a good atmosphere for football, and will look to ride on it to turn their season around.

ISL 4: Thiago rescues Mumbai as Jamshedpur remain winless at home

Jamshedpur: Thiago Santos rescued a point for Mumbai City FC with a 71st minute strike against hosts Jamshedpur FC as the two teams settled for an entertaining 2-2 draw in Indian Super League at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Friday.

Thiago put the visitors ahead in the 20th minute while Nigerian striker Izu Azuka scored two late goals in the first-half to give the hosts a 2-1 lead going into the break. It was Thiago again, who struck midway in the second half and helped them leave the Steel city with a point but there was no denying the class of his first goal.

Thiago scored what can be best described as a stunning goal for Mumbai City FC in the 24th minute. After a throw in, Balwant Singh found Everton Santos who simply rolled the ball into the path of Thiago. The Brazilian was surrounded by Jamshedpur players all around, but he was still determined to push his way through. He cut past one player, then second, and another one. To top it all, he finished the move with a sensational flick that found the top corner of the net.

It was a stunning effort from Thiago and the hosts were momentarily stunned. Their famous defence had crumbled, thanks to a moment of brilliance, but they fought back in style with two quick goals in the 43rd and 45th minute to take a 2-1 lead at the breather.

Jamshedpur had not scored from open play this season and they finally got that goal in the 43rd minute. Jerry Mawhmingthanga found himself some space near the rival danger zone and drilled in a low cross in the path of Kervens Belfort. His attempt was blocked by a Mumbai defender but the rebound fell nicely for Izu Azuka who didn’t miss from such close range.

Two minutes later, Jamshedpur struck again. It was Azuka, this time though with a much difficult goal. It was Jerry who moved dangerously on the right and essayed a cross inside the box where the Nigerian finished with a classy effort.

In the second half, Jamshedpur were comfortable even though Mumbai City were asking questions but the hosts couldn’t hold on to their lead. Their citadel crumbled for the second time as Thiago was on target in the 71st minute, thanks to an inch-perfect pass from Everton.

The draw took Mumbai City to the top four with 14 points from nine matches while Jamshedpur FC are placed sixth on the table with 10 points from eight matches.

ISL 4: Battle of the defences as Jamshedpur host Mumbai

Jamshedpur: Two of the stingiest defences of the Indian Super League’s fourth season will clash in what is expected to be a tactical battle between wily coaches Alexandre Guimarães and Steve Coppell at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, on Friday.

Home side Jamshedpur FC have let in just two goals in seven encounters, with Subrata Pal keeping five cleansheets in the process. As for Mumbai City, they’ve conceded seven goals – five of these have been away from home. The two teams are separated by just four points, but Jamshedpur have played a game less. If they win, they will make significant ground towards the top four from their current sixth place.

But here’s where the teams can really be separated; Jamshedpur have scored just twice in the entire league so far, and Mumbai City have hammered 11 goals. And Coppell is rightfully worried about the statistic.

“I hope (that we can score goals). I am exactly like every supporter who comes to games and am desperate to see the team score goals. It hasn’t happened so far but I am confident that we will score. The sooner the better, and it is a big priority for us. But again, you have to appreciate that defensively, we are strong. We have to find balance – be more potent going forward without losing defensively. The intent is there and the players are giving everything,” he said.

Coppell also said he wasn’t worried about the playing conditions. There have been complaints about the uneven pitch in Jamshedpur, but the Englishman said that “the pitch is the pitch, it is not going to suddenly transform.” He added that his side will “play on anything.”

Guimarães said that there was immense respect for the way Jamshedpur were organised.

“The team fights very hard to recover the ball and fill spaces in defence. We have to understand that we have to work the game in a way to find gaps – it is difficult but I am glad that we did that in the last game, when we took profit of certain situations. That is important in these type of games,” he said.

Guimarães is also aware that Jamshedpur will try and shut down their creative force Achille Emana. The Cameroonian has scored one goal and provided four assists in eight matches. He is also Mumbai City’s passer-in-chief with 304 passes and 406 touches.

Emana and Mumbai’s top-scorer Balwant Singh (5 goals) will have to be at their best against a resilient side which defends confidently and will try to hit the away side on the break.