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ISL 2020-21: Mumbai City FC Team Preview


New manager, new players, and a new era for Mumbai City FC. City Football Group transformed the club from mid-table combatants to prime title contenders. The West Coast Brigade has greater hopes from Islanders and their commander Sergio Lobera and top-class signings like Hugo Boumous & Adam Le Fondre amongst others.

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#1. Aiming for the rise from setbacks

Mumbai has gone through a lot of ups and downs during the 2019-20 season under Jorge Costa. The team roamed around mid-table throughout the league stage hence failed to qualify for the semifinals. The last league game was the virtual quarter-final between Mumbai and Chennaiyin but the Islanders failed to surmount Machans. Finishing fifth after a steady season start frustrated fans however they were excited about the upcoming season.

#2. Estimating squad power

Amrinder Singh is the chief guardian of Mumbai’s goal also holds the record of most appearances (61) for the club. He’s been with the club for the last five seasons and was awarded captaincy for the 2019-20 season. Hence Captain Amrinder will remain as first choice wall under Sergio Lobera for the upcoming season. Young fizzy Sikkimese goalkeeper Phurba Lachenpa has been brought from Real Kashmir as a backup for Amrinder. Reserves side properties Vikram Singh and Nishit Shetty also got promotions in the first-team campaign.

The 32-year-old Senegalese towering defender Mourtada Fall will be a marshal of central defense. Responsibilities of assisting Fall will be on Sarthak Guloi’s shoulders while having healthy competition from youngster Mehtab Singh. They got a pretty bankable Indian core of full-backs consisting of Mandar Rao Desai, Mohammad Rakip, and Tondonba Singh. Not to forget Valpuia and Amey Ranawade who are versatile enough to operate the central and right side of the defense.

#3. Blazing guns of Islanders

Maestro arrivals from Goa, Hugo Boumous, and Ahmed Jahouh are engines in the Mumbai squad. Jahouh the most reliable holding midfielder in the history of ISL stays deep to mitigate the repercussions of foes. Boumous’ arrival is very special as he was MVP last season where he became the first player to score double-digit goals and assists (11 goals and 10 assists) in ISL. Besides these two they have quality options in each aspect of midfield. Rowllin Borges and Bidyananda Singh in defensive midfield; Hernan Santana and Raynier Fernandes in central midfield; Asif Khan and Tottenham Hotspur product Cy Goddard in attacking midfield.

Bartholomew Ogbeche created a reputation by scoring 27 goals in the past two seasons. Among the A-League arrivals in ISL, star striker Adam le Fondre scored the most goals (18) in the 2019-20 season. Thus Mumbai’s attacking responsibility will be heavily dependent on this striking pair which is most destructive in the league. Lobera may also look upon emerging stars Farukh Choudhary and Vikram Pratap Singh as wing forwards.

#4. The G factor

G stands for the land of Goa which is the X factor for Mumbai City FC. Goa is the venue for the 2020-21 ISL season and the key core of Islanders played for FC Goa last season, Bravo! ‘The G core’ consisting of Sergio Lobera, Mandar Rao Desai, Ahmed Jahouh, Mourtada Fall, and Hugo Boumous had great success with Gaurs. They played ISL final, finished top of the table, and won Super Cup also ISL Shield together. Lobera brought his trusted cards in Mumbai hoping to repeat the same successful run together.

#5. Mumbai City probable lineup:

#6. Announced fixtures:

NorthEast United, 21 November 2020

FC Goa, 25 November 2020

SC East Bengal, 1 December 2020

Odisha FC, 6 December 2020

Chennaiyin FC, 9 December 2020

Jamshedpur FC, 14 December 2020

Hyderabad FC, 20 December 2020

Kerala Blasters, 2 January 2021

Bengaluru FC, 5 January 2021

ATK Mohun Bagan, 11 January 2021

#7. Detailed squad:

Goalkeepers– Amrinder Singh, Phurba Lachenpa, Nishit Shetty, Vikram Singh.

Defenders– Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Desai, Sarthak Guloi, Mohammad Rakip, Tondonba Singh, Mehtab Singh, Valpuia, Amey Ranawade.

Midfielders– Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Hernan Santana, Cy Goddard, Bidyananda Singh, Sourav Das, Mohammad Asif Khan, PC Rohlupuia, Vignesh Dekshinamurthy.

Forwards– Adam le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Farukh Choudhary, Vikram Pratap Singh, Bipin Singh, Pranjal Bhumij.


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