ISL 2019-20: Mumbai City eyes first home win in Odisha tie

Mumbai City's face-off with Odisha FC in ISL 2019-20 will be an interesting game between managers who have contrasting philosophies.

Mumbai City FC players training ahead of their clash against Chennaiyin, which they eventually drew 0-0.   -  ISL Media

Mumbai City FC is pleased to have come through its first two matches of the Hero indian Super League without a negative outcome. It opened this season's campaign with a 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters in Kochi  and shared points with Chennaiyin FC  following a goalless draw in Chennai.

That's what made its Portuguese coach Jorge Costa somewhat thrilled before his team takes on Odisha FC in the first home match at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Costa touched upon the team’s injury concerns, that he has 25 players to choose from, but most importantly revealed his happiness at picking up four points from the first two matches.

In a contrasting statement he also said: “Odisha FC (earlier Delhi Dynamos FC) played pretty well last season. We must respect them and I know that it won't be easy. I am not hundred percent happy after our two games. We still have to work harder and do well. My players work hard daily and are happy together.”

Odisha coach Josep Gombau said: “We didn’t get the result. In the first game (against Jamshedpur FC) there may have been passing inaccuracy. But in the second (North East United FC) I think we dominated. We conceded due to small mistakes, but we controlled the game and created a lot of chances. I think the team is doing well and we don’t deserve to get zero points. I am confident that the team will do well tomorrow.”

The match will be shown on the Star Sports network and can also be streamed live on Hotstar. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM IST.

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