Mumbai City FC go into their second match of ISL 2016 on Friday as they go head to head with an impressive NorthEast United FC side at the Mumbai Football Arena. This is the first time that an Indian Super League match is being played at the stadium.
The occasion is special for the home team although the stadium's capacity is lower than that of the DY Patil, where Mumbai played their matches in the previous two seasons of the Indian football tournament.
"The atmosphere at the DY Patil Stadium is the past. We are glad to be playing at home. It is much better to play in a low-capacity stadium when it is full than a 50,000-60,000 capacity stadium but empty," said Mumbai City coach Alexandre Guimaraes. "So we like that very much, we know that it is going to be the first time we are going to play and know the stadium so I hope we can give a very good performance at home."
"It will be important to involve our fans and make sure they recognize that we have a team that is ready to fight till the end," Guimaraes added.
Mumbai took on FC Pune City in a Maharashtra derby in their ISL 2016 opener and recorded a narrow win owing to a solitary goal from Matias Defederico. Now, will they be able to continue their winning run after Friday's match as well? It is very tough to say.
NorthEast United FC, coached by the experienced Nelo Vingada, popped in three goals over their last two games of the competition, and didn't concede any. The team have caught up the momentum, but playing three matches in six days is just too tiring for any football side in the world.
"Mumbai are a strong team. For them it's a second game and for us the third. This isn't easy in any country but I hope our motivation and quality can make can the difference. We won the first two games and our organisation will help stop them," said Vingada.
"Mumbai are playing at home and I'm sure they know us as we also saw them. It will not be easy but we will try to do our best and respect them. We know that the next game will be important and difficult. In the end, three results (win, loss or draw) can happen and we are here to make life hard for Mumbai," he added. TEAM NEWS HERE.
Mumbai City vs NorthEast United FC is scheduked to kick off at 7 pm IST (2:30 pm BST) on October 7.
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