ISL: Mumbai City faces an in-form ATK

More than maintaining its unbeaten record so far, Atletico de Kolkata will be keen for a win at home when it meets Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League encounter at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here on Tuesday.

ATK and Mumbai City FC's previous encounter ended in a draw.   -  Sportzpics

More than maintaining its unbeaten record so far, Atletico de Kolkata will be keen for a win at home when it meets Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League encounter at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here on Tuesday.

With the bigger goal of making it to the semifinals in mind, ATK wants to gather as many points as possible. Playing at home against a team, which has managed only two points from its last four outings, provides the second-placed ATK, which has scored in all of its matches and is on nine points from five games, a good chance to try and get to the top.

The win over Delhi Dynamos must have injected a lot of positivity in the ATK squad. The team benefitted from the excellent showing of its rock-solid goalkeeper Debjit Majumder and an active forward line, led by Iain Hume.

Even though there is uncertainty over the availability of the iconic Helder Postiga, ATK will look forward to rely on its strike force to tame the fourth-placed Mumbai. The two sides had played a 1-1 draw in their previous meeting in Mumbai.

At the same time, ATK understands the importance of bolstering its defence against a side flaunting a player of Diego Forlan’s stature.

“We have a plan to defend Mumbai as a team…It is not only about four defenders. It is about everybody helping everybody,” said ATK coach Jose Molina.

Mumbai, which started its campaign with two consecutive wins before two draws and two losses, is troubled with injuries and the unavailability of four of its players due to their Bengaluru FC duty for the AFC Cup.

In the absence of Anwar Ali, who was taken out as a precautionary measure, the side played with a new-look defence in its previous engagement against Goa. Mumbai coach Alexandre Guimaraes was happy with the job of Aiborlang Khongjee and Ashutosh Mehta and may stick to them against ATK.

Despite all odds the Costa Rican coach will try to extract the best possible result against ATK and keep Mumbai’s hopes alive.

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