Margao: A semi-final spot in their minds, Mumbai City FC will pull out all the stops against East Bengal SC who have nothing to lose, in their Indian Super League game here on Tuesday.
Mumbai is fifth in the points table, with 25 points from 16 matches and needs a win to get back into the top four. Kerala Blasters are two points above them and play the same number of games.
The defending champions lost to Jamshedpur FC in their final appearance after taking two bounce wins, and head coach Des Buckingham is hoping his boys can stop a bout of inconsistent running and get back to work when it matters.
Ahmed Jahouh was substituted early against Jamshedpur after an injury.
For SC East Bengal, it’s about finishing the season on a high and not finishing at the bottom of the table. The red and gold players have only won one match so far and have also scored the fewest goals along with Chennaiyin FC. The side coached by Mario Rivera has also dropped too many points on winning positions.
East Bengal SC will miss the services of Hira Mondal, who has been one of their best players as the left-back picked up his fourth booking in the last game. Naocha Singh, who is on loan from Mumbai, will also not be available.
“Hira is a fantastic player and has a very distinctive set of skills. I talk to him a lot. If he continues like this and learns every day, he will soon be on the national team. But for now, he needs to learn more and correct his mistakes. He’s on the right track,” Rivera said.
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