I-League: Mohun Bagan faces Mumbai FC challenge

Mohun Bagan will seek to set its home in order after the setback of the first loss of the season, when it meets Mumbai FC here in an I-League fixture at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Wednesday.

Mohun Bagan, which is currently on 21 points from 10 matches, has not lost to the visitor in the last five meetings and this statistical advantage, apart form the benefit of playing in front of the home support, will be the factors encouraging Sen to look for a favourable result.   -  File photo: V. Ganesan

 

Mohun Bagan will seek to set its home in order after the setback of the first loss of the season, when it meets Mumbai FC here in an I-League fixture at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Wednesday.

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Recalling the loss in the previous round, where his team capitulated (1-2) against a resurgent Churchill Brothers at the latter’s home, Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen said his team will have to regroup quickly if it wants to stay in the title race. A win is what Sen looked at to set things in order for its side, which had remained unbeaten in the first nine matches. “We conceded poor goals in the last match and that resulted in the loss. We have to learn from the mistakes and make a quick turnaround,” Sen said ahead of the meeting with Mumbai FC.

Mohun Bagan, which is currently on 21 points from 10 matches, has not lost to the visitor in the last five meetings and this statistical advantage, apart form the benefit of playing in front of the home support, will be the factors encouraging Sen to look for a favourable result. Mohun Bagan is likely to miss its Scottish striker Darryl Duffy, who is nursing an injury, and will have to depend on the Indian duo of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Balwant Singh in the attack to realise its target. What may be worrying Sen is the inconsistency in the defence, which saw Mohun Bagan conceding two goals after finding a lead against Churchill Brothers.

Mumbai FC, which is currently at the bottom of the table with two wins, three draws and seven loses, has not seen a win in the last five rounds. Coach Santosh Kashyap said his boys have a tough job in hand in containing Mohun Bagan while looking to pick up points from the match. Now the news that Mumbai FC is likely to miss its Brazilian attacker Alex Willian is not the situation Kashyap would have like to face before the crucial outing.

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