Mumbai coach Guimaraes: We have to play smart

The Costan Rican is hopeful of packed stands at the Mumbai Football Arena, MCFC's home base. "Our players are excited to play in front of our fans, who have been great. I hope we have a full stadium and the fans will push our players to the limit."

Mumbai City FC will be without the services of its marquee player Diego Forlan (No. 10), who picked up a second yellow and an automatic one-match suspension.   -  PTI

Alexandre Guimaraes, Mumbai City FC head coach, is cautious with words about going into a semi-final game against Atletico de Kolkata without his captain, Diego Forlan."It’s difficult for me to predict now whether we will suffer in Diego's absence. In the games that he didn’t play, like against ATK, we performed well. The one who is going to play in Diego’s spot, I don’t have any doubt that he will do the best to help us get through.”

The Costan Rican is hopeful of packed stands at the Mumbai Football Arena, MCFC's home base. “Our players are excited to play in front of our fans, who have been great. I hope we have a full stadium and the fans will push our players to the limit. We have to play smart, we don’t have to be suicidal.”

ATK head coach Jose Molina, is clear about winning being the priority. The visiting team needs a draw to progress to the final in season three. “Nothing changes for us because of the result in Kolkata (3-2 win). We will not play in a different way. We have a small advantage and need to keep calm."

The Spaniard added: “What we did in the past is not important. If we go to the final, it will be because of a good performance on Tuesday, not because of what we did before.”

Cards watch

Marquee player Diego Forlan is out with two bookings — a second yellow in the away semi-final against ATK turning to a red card — an automatic one-match suspension. A ccording to information from ISL, players with yellow cards going into Tuesday’s game are Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Sehnaj Singh, Otacilio Alves (Mumbai City) and Lalrindika Ralte, Henrique Sereno (ATK).

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