Erasing the memories of their defeat against Churchill Brothers, Mumbai FC want to start afresh when they take on Salgaocar FC in the fourth round of the I-League at the Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex on Saturday.
“We are yet to make a mark this season and we should come good in this encounter against the champions,” said Henry Picardo, manager of Mumbai FC, on Friday. “There were a few grey areas we have worked on, but still, the boys have a job cut out.”
Mumbai FC are at the bottom of the points tally at the moment. “This is just the beginning of the season and we will make amends to get back in the top 10,” Picardo added.
Salgaocar, on the other hand, are 11th and are yet to garner full points after two draws and a defeat. In their last match at their home ground in Fatorda against Pailan Arrows, they did not come good, playing a goalless draw and allowing their rivals to stay unbeaten in all matches this season.
With new manager David Booth in the stands for the first time, Salgaocar look a better side on paper. With the likes of Angel Guirado, Sean Rooney, Arthur Papas Holicharan Narzary and Alwyn George in the attack, they should come good. Nicolau Colaco and Francis Fernandes have been good upfront.
Keen contest on cards
The stage is set for one of the most potent contests in Indian football. When Federation Cup champion East Bengal take on the defending champions Dempo SC at the Salt Lake stadium, one can expect a feast of high quality soccer. Having realised their supremacy in the Cup format, East Bengal now face the biggest challenge of proving themselves in the League, where Dempo are the master and have already set their camp on the top of the current standings. East Bengal are fourth with seven.
The expectations are on ascendance more because the match at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium will see the two of the most tactically proficient coaches — East Bengal’s English coach Trevor James Morgan and his highly decorated Indian counterpart Armando Colaco leading Dempo’s fortunes — facing each other. “East Bengal have one of the best coaches currently working in India,” Colaco said. “East Bengal are a set team and are playing in a good rhythm and we would hope for a good match tomorrow.”