Mumbai host Goan-side Churchill Brothers at the Cooperage Football Stadium, Churchgate in a crunch fixture as both teams battle for survival in the I-League.
Gaurav Kadam, Mumbai FC Media (SportzDose)
Mumbai resume their I-League campaign in a home game which can be easily termed as “The Most Crucial Match in Mumbai FC History”. Mumbai take on Churchill Brothers in an immensely crucial fixture as relegation battle heats up as we near the end of the season.
Mumbai have undergone a radical change since the International break as a new coach has taken over the reins of the club. Former coach Santosh Kashyap was sacked after a crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of state rivals DSK Shivajians in the Maharashtra Derby. New coach Oscar Bruzon has taken charge for the final 4 games of the season.
Oscar was pretty calm and composed at the pre-match conference as he spoke about the team’s preparation during the break. “We’ve gone through a lot of tactical exercises, played a couple of practice matches and most importantly I was able to influence them psychologically. That’s the most important part. What’s happened has happened. I’m confident, my staff is confident and tomorrow we’ll take the field like the tough characters we are”, Oscar Bruzon said to the reporters gathered at Cooperage.
The coach was wary of the threat possessed by a strong Churchill side coached by Derrick Perreira, “I have experience of having coached in Goa and have always found that Churchill are a strong team. They have dominated Goan football and are former (I-League) champions. Now they have a great coach (Derrick) currently and are very dangerous on the counter attacks. We have to stop them by trying to keep ball possession and that will be are main target”, Bruzon further stated.
Mumbai FC goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani too was positive about the team’s chances. “We have gone through a bad phase, but I don’t want to talk about the past, but concentrate on the future. Pressure is always there but it’s up to us to show how good we and how we can handle the pressure. In football anything can happen and like coach said we are ready to go out and win,” Kattimani stated.
“Playing on the home soil is an advantage for us. Whenever we have played at home has given us some good results. The fans have always supported us and we look to them for motivation for the game,” the goalkeeper mentioned.
Mumbai FC only have two slight concerns as Alex Willian , the Brazilian midfielder and Thoi Singh were recovering from knocks in training. Coach Bruzon insisted he will take a call on both the players after the light training session.
The match will kickoff at 7:05 pm at the Cooperage Stadium in Churchgate, Mumbai. We urge all Mumbaikars to come out in huge numbers as the city needs the support like it never has. Come on Mumbaikars !!
Mumbai FC v Churchill Brothers
Date – 8 April 2017
Time – 7:05 pm
Venue – Cooperage Stadium, Churchgate
Catch it live on http://www.i-league.org