Mumbai City FC and FC Goa both the teams have developed a bit of rivalry in the last couple of seasons due to their frequent meetings in the knockout stage. FC Goa, who finished fourth last season, has retained a lot of their core players besides their coach Juan Fernando. They started the pre-season quite early and also won the Durand Cup.
In contrast, Mumbai City appointed a new head coach Des Buckingham in place of Sergio Lobera.
Buckingham, who has been in India for barely a month, said he would not want to dwell on something which is not in hands, wanting to focus on things he and his players can control.
“We’ve done as much as we could have done in the time we’ve had. I think anywhere in the world, you’d like more time with players on and off the field. But, you know, we haven’t had that,” Buckingham said candidly at the pre-match conference.
“So what we’ve had to do is make very good use of the time we’ve had with this group. We’ve spent a lot of time on the field, but we spent more time off the field really working with this group of players.”
Buckingham said his players need to be more focused on themselves while being aware of the danger their opponents can pose.
“We’ve watched a lot of footage not just of FC Goa but of the league. We’ve probably got about 80% of the time we have spent focusing on us, and how we go about what we want to do, whilst also making sure that we are prepared as best as we can be for what we expect from Goa.”
FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando said he would expect Mumbai City FC to adopt a similar playing style as the previous season even though they have a new head coach at their helm.
“I’m thinking they are working more or less in the same style. Now, the team except Hugo Boumous, Adam le Fondre, are on the same squad. There is Apulia to help in the midfield. Yes, there is a bit of change, with the new coach coming in. But, tomorrow, their game will more or less be the same.”
When is Mumbai City vs Goa taking place? Mumbai City vs Goa will take place on Monday 22nd November 2021 at 7.30 pm IST.
Where is Mumbai City vs Goa taking place? Mumbai City vs Goa will take place at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao
What TV channel will telecast Mumbai City vs Goa? Mumbai City vs Goa will be televised live on Star Sports in India
Where can I stream Mumbai City vs Goa in the UK? Mumbai City vs Goa can be streamed live via Disney + Hotstar and Jio TV
Reigning champions Mumbai City get the defense of their title underway with a clash against Goa, the side Mumbai beat via a penalty shootout after the two teams could not be separated over two legs in the semi-finals. This season, however, Mumbai will be without midfielder Hugo Boumous who left to join ATK Mohun Bagan for a record ISL transfer fee. How badly his loss will affect Mumbai remains to be seen, but Goa will prove a formidable opponent once again having kept hold of their key overseas players and Juan Ferrando’s men should be backed here via the double chance market as they are more than capable of picking up at least a point in this one.
Head to Head:
Both the teams have faced each other 18 times in ISL. This fight is legendary as always because they are giving neck-to-neck fights.
Match Played: 18
Mumbai City Fc won: 6
FC Goa won: 7
Match Drawn: 5