Mumbai City look to stay on top with win against Jamshedpur (Match Preview 100)

A late slump has led to Mumbai City playing catch up with ATK Mohun Bagan for the top spot of the Indian Super League (ISL) standings. Mumbai’s inferior goal difference to Bagan led to them going down to second place with just three matches left in the season. It means they will have to win all their remaining matches at least to qualify for the 2022 AFC Champions League group stage and they will be looking to get the first of those when they face Jamshedpur FC on Saturday at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.

Jamshedpur’s chances of qualifying for the Indian Super League (ISL) playoffs are hanging by a thread. They have to win the remaining two matches and hope for a miracle that the other four teams aiming to break into the top four drop points. Goals win you matches but in the case of JFC, they have failed to get them. Their attack has been one of the most inconsistent in the league. In the last six matches, they have scored just thrice having attempted 58 shots, of which 12 were on target.

Coyle highlighted the importance of team effort in getting the desired results. “We cannot certainly look to rely on certain people to score goals. We need people from different areas this is one area we need to continue to work on,” he said.

To harbour any hopes of reaching the top four, Coyle’s side need to register maximum points in their final two games, beginning from their encounter against Mumbai. “We have to make sure that we will look to finish our season strong. We have to go for the six points and get on to 27. As three teams fighting for the four spot having 27 points, we have the same chance of reaching that total, and we still have to play against Bengaluru, who are just in front of us. So a lot to play for. We have to secure full points in the last two games,” Coyle added.

Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City were unstoppable in the league before they went through a slump that saw them win just once in their last five matches. It cost them the top spot to Mohun Bagan which put them in a similar situation as JFC – wherein they would have to win their last three matches.

Lobera, however, maintained that his side would need to improve in certain aspects. “I feel as always we need to work and continue improving in some aspects of the game. We had a lot of chances to score. The most important thing is to know that we can improve. We need to put our focus on our future game. If you need to win a game, you need to play as a team,” said Lobera.