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“The break interrupted our momentum” – The refreshed Mumbai town of Sergio Lobera seeks to reclaim the top spot


The Spaniard is happy with the way his players have responded to his philosophy and style of play…

Mumbai City have taken a 12-day break since their 2-0 victory over Hyderabad FC. Now they are preparing to face the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League (ISL) underway on Saturday.

Islanders head coach Sergio Lobera reckons the break came as the team was on a solid roll with a six-game unbeaten streak. However, the hiatus allowed Lobera to work on implementing his ideas.

“We have time to analyze the situation at the club after a long time. When you’re in a good dynamic, it’s not easy to stop playing, but on the other hand, it’s good to have more time to work on our philosophy. and the style of play. It’s because we had very little time in the pre-season and between games, ”he said.

“We now have time to work but if I can choose [I would prefer] not a long break and after that plays three games [in 10 days], but this is the situation and we have to adapt in this scenario. “

After Kerala, Mumbai will face Bengaluru and ATK Mohun Bagan to wrap up the first half of the season, but Lobera is only set on the next game.

“I only think of the Kerala Blasters. We have to focus on the next game and thinking about the next three games is not good for us because our next game is going to be difficult against a very good team with a good coach. (Kibu Vicuna) They have very good players and try to play in the same style as us.

“It’s not easy, especially living inside the [bio] bubble with Christmas and New Year. 12 days is a long time without competitive matches, but I have a very good team with very good professionals. For me it is easy because they (the players) want to work every day to improve their level. I think it’s difficult but at the same time it’s easy because I have very good players. “

The city of Mumbai can regain the first place with a positive result on Saturday. They currently have one of the best offensive and defensive numbers in the league.

“As a coach you have to work on the offensive and defensive balance. We play attacking football but it is very important for us to work on the pitch. The team understands the situation in transition very well and I am very happy with the team. because they work really well in that aspect, ”Lobera said.

Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, having started in every game so far, conceded the fewest goals (3) with ATK Mohun Bagan’s Arindam Bhattacharya. He believes the break helped the team regroup and expressed confidence in the coach’s plan.

Amrinder Singh Mumbai City ISL 7

“I think we had this 12 day break at the perfect time to recover all of our players from minor injuries. Our last sessions have been very good with the whole team and we are confident in ourselves.

“I have always wanted to play with my feet and have always waited for such an opportunity that I had this year under the guidance of our coach (Sergio Lobera). I am very comfortable playing this style of football. We start our attacks from the goalkeeper, ”he said.

Working alongside experienced forwards such as Adam le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche has also helped him improve his game, the 27-year-old said.

“When you train against good forwards every day it helps a lot. Both (Le Fondre and Ogbeche) are very good attackers and talking to them helps me understand what’s going on in the mind of an attacker.

“We want to do well in every game. The mindset of the players is all about winning and that has helped the team a lot. I think we also understood the coach’s plan and that made it easier for us. field. “

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