Leaders Mumbai Metropolis FC would look prolong their eight-match unbeaten streak after they tackle ATK Mohun Bagan in a top-two conflict of the Indian Tremendous League right here on Monday.
Mumbai Metropolis have been on a roll, notching up seven wins and a draw of their final eight matches after shedding their opening recreation. They’ve collected 22 factors from 9 video games to be on prime of the desk.
ATK Mohun Bagan are two factors adrift of Mumbai Metropolis with six wins, two attracts and one loss. They’re additionally on a five-match unbeaten streak.
The conflict of the highest two groups might set the tone for the second half of the season. Not solely bragging rights are at stake, the struggle for prime spot might get even feistier with Asian Champions League qualification being the most important incentive earlier than the play-offs roll in.
Having scored 16 targets to date, Mumbai Metropolis have the very best assault within the league. They’ve scored a minimum of one objective of their final eight video games. ATKMB undeniably have the very best defence, having maintained seven clear sheets in 9 video games, and are but to concede a objective from open play this season.
Whereas the stats point out the match can be a battle of assault towards defence, ATKMB coach Antonio Habas brushed apart such ideas.
“I do not assume Mumbai is a group that solely assaults. They’ve good progressional play and counter-attacks. It is troublesome to cease their group as a result of they all the time play ahead,” Habas mentioned.
“I do not assume it is a match between attacking and defending as a result of soccer is a recreation of attacking and defending. Each groups have transitions from one aspect to the opposite,” he added.
Mumbai Metropolis head coach Sergio Lobera mentioned Monday’s match wouldn’t decide the course of the league.
“I believe it should be vital however not an important recreation. It is simply midway and on this competitors something is feasible. Something can change briefly time. Most vital factor is now to maintain our focus and enhance our recreation,” he mentioned.
Although there aren’t any damage issues for the Spaniard, he’ll miss the companies of Ahmed Jahouh, who obtained his second purple card of the season.
“Jahouh is a crucial participant however I’ve an excellent squad. Most vital for me is teamwork. It isn’t about individuality. We’re good gamers however it’s essential to work as a group,” mentioned Lobera.
“Whenever you end one recreation, the subsequent recreation is an important recreation. The scenario is identical for tomorrow. It should be troublesome as we’re going to play towards a great group. ATK Mohun Bagan are doing a great job,” he mentioned.