I-League: DSK Shivajians look for maiden win against Mumbai

DSK Shivajians will look to register their first victory in their second home match of the Hero I-League, when they play city neighbours Mumbai FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil must be a satisfied man after his team's recent performances.   -  Prashant Nakwe

DSK Shivajians will look to register their first victory in their second home match of the Hero I-League, when they play city neighbours Mumbai FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here tomorrow.

The Pune-based team started their campaign with a string of away matches. The first of their encounter ended in a 0-0 draw against Sporting Club de Goa. In their next match, the Shivajians went down fighting 0-2, while in their third away match, they lost 0-1 to East Bengal FC.

DSK Shivajians’ first ever home match also ended in a defeat at the hands of the defending champions Mohan Bagan AC.

Mumbai FC, in contrast, started their campaign with a 0-0 draw with East Bengal FC. The Mumbai-based club then registered two back-to-back victories against Salgaocar FC and Bengaluru FC, respectively.

Derrick Pereira, head coach, DSK Shivajians, said: “With every match, our performance has improved and the entire team is working hard and everybody is in good spirits and looking forward to register first victory in tomorrow’s match. We are yet to score, however we had quite a few chances in the last match and have been working on the finishing during the last week. We have seen the confidence and chemistry grow and develop with every passing day.”

The coach stressed on the importance to create and convert chances if they are to win against Mumbai FC in the Maharashtra derby. “We need to create more chances and finish those chances. Tomorrow’s match will be a good match as Mumbai FC is a good fighting team and understating between team is very good. They have a good squad including a few very special players. They are also on a good run of form, having beaten Bengaluru FC recently. On the other hand, our performance is getting better with every passing match and we are confident that we can get points on the table.”

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