ISL: Lobera looks to extend winning streak as Coyle eyes another upset
Table-toppers Mumbai City FC would look to continue their winning streak when they take on Jamshedpur FC in an Indian Super League match here on Monday.
After starting the season on a losing note, Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City bounced back with four straight wins and they would like to continue the momentum.
It is not just the results that have gone Mumbai’s way — their performances have been consistently impressive as well, across all areas of the pitch. No team has scored more goals (8) than the Islanders.
And unlike some teams, Mumbai haven’t been dependent on one player for goals. They have had four different scorers already.
But, despite all these, Lobera believes there is a long way for his team to go.
“We need to improve a lot of things. We won four games in a row and that’s not easy. But we need to improve a lot of things, day-by-day, in every training, game-by-game. But in these circumstances, we only have a short time,” he said.
“We need to go step-by-step. Our focus is on the future, on the next game. But I’m happy with the players with the effort they have put in the last game,” he added.
Mumbai have no injury concerns but they will be without the services of Mandar Rao Dessai, who missed the previous three games due to personal reasons. The full-back is yet to join the squad after leaving the team’s bio-bubble.
On current form, any team would be wary of taking on the Islanders but Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle has every right to be a bit more optimistic than the others in the league.
Jamshedpur faced ATK Mohun Bagan when they were on a similar run and came away with all three points. Coyle hopes his team can come up with a similar performance
“They’ve (Mumbai) been in good form. I think they have won four in a row. What we have to do is what we did against ATK Mohun Bagan who were top of the league, undefeated and hadn’t conceded a goal (when we faced them). We have to give that level of performance,” said Coyle.
Coyle will once again be banking on Nerijus Valskis upfront with the striker having scored five of their six goals so far.
Jamshedpur are already six points behind Mumbai and have had three draws in their last four games. However, Coyle believes that things are slowly falling into place for his team.
“We’re four games unbeaten. There were a couple of games where we felt we should have won. So we are in good form. We just have to continue working hard. We do have a number of injuries. Once we get our best team, we’ll be even stronger,” he said.