Defending champions Mumbai City FC start ISL campaign against rivals FC Goa | Football news

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MARGAO: Defending champions Mumbai City FC open their Indian Super League campaign against FC Goa on Monday in a high-tension clash.
The two teams have faced each other 18 times, with Mumbai City FC winning five matches, losing seven and drawing six.
The two teams have developed a bit of rivalry over the past two seasons due to their frequent knockout stages.
FC Goa, who finished fourth last season, have retained many basic players in addition to coach Juan Ferando. They started the preseason quite early and also won the Durand Cup.
In contrast, the city of Mumbai has appointed a new head coach, Des Buckingham, in place of Sergio Lobera.
Buckingham, who has been in India for barely a month, said he wouldn’t want to dwell on something out of hand, wanting to focus on things he and his players can control.
“We did everything we could have done in the time we had. I think all over the world you would like more time with players on and off the pitch. But, you know, we did. not had that, “Buckingham said candidly at the pre-game conference.
“So what we had to do was make very good use of the time we spent with this group. We spent a lot of time on the pitch, but we spent more time off the pitch to really work with this group of players. ”
Buckingham said his players need to be more focused on themselves, while also being aware of the danger their opponents can pose.
“We’ve looked at a lot of footage not just of FC Goa but of the league. We probably have about 80% of the time that we’ve spent focusing on ourselves and how we’re doing what we want to do, everything making sure we are prepared as best we can for what we expect from Goa. ”
FC Goa head coach Juan Ferando has said he would expect Mumbai City FC to adopt a style of play similar to that of the previous season, even though they have a new head coach. at its head.
“I think they work more or less in the same style. Now the team except Hugo Boumous, Adam le Fondre, it’s the same team. There is Apuia to help in the midfield. Yes, there is has a little change, with the arrival of the new coach. But, tomorrow, their game will be more or less the same. ”
Asked how FC Goa’s participation in the AFC Champions League last season helped Indian players in particular, Ferando said: “It was an amazing experience. Everyone, the captain and the young players know that this experience has been very important. ”
“We know that right now, if we work as a team, our expectations are so high, we can improve.”
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