Mumbai City FC team enjoy a six-day break before they take on defending champions Chennaiyin FC on Saturday. Gaffer Jorge Costa’s boys had an up and down campaign so far with two wins, two losses, and a draw.
Defense cracked up against Jamshedpur FC in the opening game at Mumbai Football Arena before doing a decent job against Kerala Blasters in an away game and FC Pune City at home. It crumbled against FC Goa before putting up a show against Delhi Dynamos here.
Chennaiyin have been struggling this season and are without a win but they are still a dangerous side at home. Experienced right-back Souvik Chakrabarti is confident that the Islanders will do well in the remaining matches.
“We had a good rest and also a detailed discussion about mistakes we made and how we can improve We have not done badly barring that particular game (against Goa).
Coach told us we were good in the second half. we all committed mistakes and tried to solve it. We came back well against Delhi. I am hopeful to continue that performance, “he said in an interview.
Former Air India midfielder Souvik switched to a defensive role in Indian super League and has been the preferred choice for Costa so far despite conceding first penalty in Goa. He, alongside Lucian Goian and youngsters Subhasish Bose, Joyner Lourenco, in shaping up to make Mumbai defence compact under the able guidance of former Portugal and Porto defender, Costa.
“I am enjoying my stint here. I have been quite comfortable in a defensive role after starting as midfielder. I settled down quite well. We have a good unedrstanding and there is always lost to learn from coach. We will try to improve with every game,” said Chakrbarti who played for Dynamos in the first three ISL seasons and was part of Jamshedpur FC last season.
The Bengal player started his junior career at Mohun Bagan and Bagan senior team for three seasons. But it was his stint with Mumbai based Air India that introduced him to the I-League. Air India was playing in I-League before AFC norms for all clubs become mandatory and the city-based club was found non-compliant with those norms.
“It was the start of my careet, we were all young players. I got a lot of player. That experience comes in handy even now, ” said the 27-year-old who has made it yet to make any appearance. But, he hasn’t given up on his dream of playing for India yet.
From Online Sources