I-League: Mumbai hosts Chennai City

Mumbai FC coach Oscar Bruzon desires to shift his players’ focus away from team and place it on the match against Chennai City FC, at the Cooperage ground on Sunday.

A win would be a huge morale boost for MFC, currently in tenth position with 11 points. CCFC is higher up in seventh place with 16 points.   -  Special arrangement

Mumbai FC coach Oscar Bruzon desires to shift his players’ focus away from team and place it on the match against Chennai City FC, at the Cooperage ground on Sunday. “I believe that we stand a very good chance to win, but have to stay focused and show the results. Chennai City is a compact team, well balanced with some exceptional players upfront. We hope to pick on their weaknesses and try to win.”

A win would be a huge morale boost for MFC, currently in tenth position with 11 points. CCFC is higher up in seventh place with 16 points. V. Soundarajan, the visitor’s coach, feels the home team is a tough opponent. “Mumbai FC have done well against all the top teams including Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC and East Bengal, but luck has not favoured them. They dominated against us at home and took the lead but we managed to score two goals after that and win the game. We will go for a win.”

Bruzon is looking for a top-eight finish in the I-League for a place in the Federation Cup. Currently, the home team is staring at relegation. “There are four teams within range of about six points from us. If we are going to think in terms of relegation it’s going to be tough. We certainly don’t want to finish last, we want to play in the Federation Cup.” MFC will miss energetic striker Thoi Singh, who is recovering from a knee injury.

Bruzon also mentioned that they have been working on different strategies to score goals. “We have been trying out ways to create chances. Earlier we had very limited options but now we have opened our eyes and working of many different ways to score. especially from set-pieces,” he said.

With four wins in 15 matches, CCFC is hoping to set the pace as the I-League heads towards the closing stage. Dhanpal Ganesh, Denson Devadas, Dharmaraj Ravanan are seasoned domestic players. The foreign players have quality and it is a matter of the team able to play to strengths in crunch games, like the 2-1 home victory over East Bengal.