ISL: Mumbai City FC wary of confident Delhi Dynamos

Placed seventh with 23 points from 16 matches, Mumbai City needs to win both its remaining matches.

Even if Mumbai City FC wins both the games, it still needs other results to go its way.   -  Vivek Bendre

Mumbai City FC will put its best foot forward and try to register a win against Delhi Dynamos FC here on Tuesday, even though that may still not assure it a place in the play-offs of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Placed seventh with 23 points from 16 matches, Mumbai City needs to win both its remaining matches against Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, and the concluding league clash against Chennaiyin FC in Chennai on Saturday.

Wins in both these games will take it to 29 points, which could be the bare minimum needed to qualify. However, even if Mumbai wins both the games, it still needs other results to go its way.

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The visitor is encouraged by its fantastic last-gasp winner against NorthEast United FC in its previous game and coach Alexandre Guimaraes has asked his team to keep fighting till the end.

“When you win these kind of games, the confidence is high. Everybody believes that; they know we are back (in contention) and now there is a possibility that we can qualify. It’s up to us to stay in the race by winning tomorrow,” Guimaraes said during the pre-match media interaction.

Mumbai City had won its home battle against Delhi Dynamos 4-0 with Delhi’s Matias Mirabaje being sent off. The team that Mumbai will face on Tuesday can have a completely different mindset and Guimaraes is aware just how difficult it will make it for it to pocket full points.

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“Sometimes when teams don’t have pressure, they start to flow and they are doing that. They are playing without fear of making mistakes which may have been the case in the beginning of the season,” said Guimaraes.

Delhi Dynamos, already out of contention, is on a four-match unbeaten streak and is buoyant after registering an incredible 4-3 comeback win against defending champion ATK in its previous match. Delhi has already defeated Bengaluru FC at home and held Chennaiyin FC to a draw while picking up eight points from its last four matches.

“Tomorrow, I think my team is in a good position and good mood and I have very good hope for win. We have to show everyone that we play well not just in one game but all matches. Our aim is also to help improve the performances of our young players,” said Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal.

Captain Kalu Uche, his side’s leading goalscorer with 10 strikes, will hold the key after scoring in each of the last four matches for Delhi Dynamos.

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