Assured of a play-off berth, title contenders Mumbai Metropolis FC want nothing lower than a win towards bottom-placed Odisha FC in an Indian Tremendous League match right here on Wednesday of their bid to seal a spot within the AFC Champions League (ACL).
With leaders ATK Mohun Bagan dropping factors towards Hyderabad, all eyes will probably be on Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai Metropolis to see if they will handle a win and take the race for the League Winners Defend to the ultimate day of the season.
Odisha have solely satisfaction to play for, however they’ve an opportunity to spoil Mumbai Metropolis’s celebration. A win for Odisha or a draw will hand ATKMB the distinguished ACL slot for subsequent season as they’re on 40 factors with only one match left.
A win for Mumbai Metropolis will take them to 36 factors they usually can prime the league stage desk and win the League Winners Defend in the event that they beat ATKMB of their closing match on February 28.
Mumbai Metropolis must shake off the rut that they discover themselves in. After being the very best group for many a part of the league, the wheels have come off proper on the finish. Lobera’s males have received simply one among their final six video games and are winless of their final three.
Their earlier recreation noticed them crash to a defeat to Jamshedpur FC and Lobera is aware of that the group wants enchancment.”We have to enhance our efficiency as a result of we wish to win this recreation. Taking part in like we did within the final recreation, it’s inconceivable to win the sport. The main target is on ourselves and we have to enhance at each ends,” he mentioned.
“We conceded quite a lot of probabilities and likewise targets. We didn’t have probabilities to attain and we have to enhance there. Hopefully, that is the previous now. Crucial factor is our current and our future. It was a foul day in workplace and typically this occurs. The necessary factor is to not repeat this,” Lobera added.
Former India worldwide Steven Dias, who took cost of Odisha FC from interim supervisor Gerald Peyton, mentioned his focus will probably be on the youthful gamers forward of the conflict.
“We’ve actually good younger gamers. I nonetheless suppose that we have now a really balanced group. However, we have now been so unlucky. Beginning off the season, Thoiba (Singh) and Saurabh (Meher) performed within the central midfield however after one or two video games even coach Stuart (Baxter) did not get a lot probability to place Indian gamers,” he mentioned.
“However, they’re very gifted. In future, they will be excellent gamers however we did not get many probabilities to play among the younger gamers. I’m making an attempt my greatest to offer a couple of younger gamers probability if they will. I personally really feel, in a single match, you’ll be able to change your profession.”