The coach of the city of Mumbai would not like to be remembered for his insufficient record against the Blues …
Mumbai City FC face Bengaluru FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) meeting on Tuesday as Sergio Lobera faces scores to settle.
Among coaches who have a minimum of 50 ISL games under their belt, Lobera is up there with the best points per game average (PPM) of 1.81, followed by Antonio Habas (1.67) and Steve Coppell. (1.47). But when it comes to Bengaluru, for a club he has faced six times in his managerial career, the former FC Goa coach recorded the lowest PPM of 0.67 (W1, D1, L4).
Lobera was technically the head coach for seven games when his side faced Bengaluru but was only on the bench for six of them as he served a one-game ban in the 2-1 loss de Goa against Bengaluru in January 2020 due to his expulsion in the 4-3 victory over Chennaiyin in the previous match.
His only victory (4-3) at the head of Goa against Bengaluru came when opponents were reduced to 10 men due to the expulsion of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
After this match, the Blues accumulated up to three clean sheets in the rest of the matches against Sergio Lobera Gaurs a team which in turn failed to score more than once in the particular match until the 2-2 draw but including new Goa coach Juan Ferrando this season.
Now in Mumbai City, Lobera has a number of quality staff at his disposal and aside from their day one loss to unbeaten NorthEast United in the last seven games (W6, D1).
Recalling his sad record against Bengaluru before the draw, he told reporters: “The past is the past and it does not affect the future. They are different teams and different players. We are preparing in the same way. We need to know the little details of the opposing team that can help us. It’s always very difficult to play against Bengaluru but the most important thing for us is to give the best of ourselves. “
Mumbai City are currently second with 19 points with one game in hand to ATK leaders Mohun Bagan who have played nine games and lead by just one point. the Islanders have the best offensive record with 13 goals and the best common defensive record (3, with ATK Mohun Bagan).
Adam le Fondre has so far scored six goals for Mumbai City, Ahmed Jahouh and Rowllin Borges are two of the best midfielders in business, Hugo Boumous (4) and Bipin Singh (3) have the most assists in championship while goalkeeper Amrinder Singh has kept up to five clean sheets this season.
Add to that, the Mumbai-based squad also boasts of their squad depth with players like Bartholomew Ogbeche, Cy Goddard who can prove to be effective on the day, and a selection headache in many positions including everything. coach would dream.
In short, Lobera has all the makings to prove her critics wrong when it comes to her Bengaluru case. the Blues have only kept two clean sheets this season and failed to score in two straight games for the first time in the competition’s history, but they will still be a tough opponent to face.