ISL: Rock-bottom Delhi faces Mumbai challenge

Delhi Dynamos, coached by Miguel Portugal, has lost five matches in a row after a morale-boosting away win over FC Pune City in the opening fixture.

Delhi Dynamos has a talented bunch of young Indian talent but the pick of the pack this season has been Mizo forward Lallianzuala Chhangte.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Bottom-placed sides show an intensity on the pitch which is understandable from an emotional viewpoint. Delhi Dynamos FC will seek to fire itself up against Mumbai City FC, which is playing its second consecutive home tie against a squad holding the wooden spoon in the 10-team ISL season four.

ATK arrived at the Mumbai Football Arena earlier and left the home team fans muttering in frustration after a 1-0 victory achieved by a mix of passion and precision.

The away fans stand at the MFA will be buzzing with noise when Delhi Dynamos walk out on Friday, looking to reverse its five-match loss run.

Young Indian talent

Romeo Fernandes, Seityasen Singh, Pratik Chowdhary, and Pritam Kotal have been match-winners in earlier ISL seasons. The pick of the pack this season is Mizo forward Lallianzuala Chhangte.

Alexandre Guimaraes, MCFC coach, agreed the visitor has a lot to fight for. “They play well and fight hard. Delhi have backs to the wall.” He added: “Every match is going to be tough. We need seriousness and focus. I hope we learn that as the games go by. For us, it is really important to make it two wins in a row.”

The home team is yet to manage two wins back-to-back. “We can play with more quality. The reaction from players to the ATK loss was positive and win (over North East United FC) in the next match shows we have the package to deliver,” Guimaraes said.

Delhi Dynamos, coached by Miguel Portugal, has lost five matches in a row after a morale-boosting away win over FC Pune City in the opening fixture. “It is high time that we start winning games. Everything was right: the training, the team and the performances as well. The only thing not working is the thrust in the final third and the finishing,” observed assistant coach, Shakti Chauhan.

Mumbai City is tough to break down at the back, as many opponents have realised. Balwant Singh in the forward line is on a roll, who is partnered by Cameroon playmaker Achille Emana.

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