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“They don’t just attack” – Antonio Habas, ATK coach Mohun Bagan, says Mumbai City is hard to stop


Striker Roy Krishna admitted that ATK Mohun Bagan would seek to hit Mumbai City at the counter…

ATK coach Mohun Bagan Antonio Habas has dismissed suggestions that his team’s upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) clash against Mumbai City on Monday is a battle between ATKMB’s stingy defense and offense. prolific from Mumbai.

Mumbai City has scored the most goals so far in the ISL (16) while the Browsers have let in the least (3) of all teams this season. The two contrasting teams also lead the standings with Mumbai City in first place, two points above ATKMB.

“I don’t think Mumbai is an attacking team only. They have good progressive play and counter attacks. [too]. It’s very difficult to stop their team because they always play forward, but I don’t think it’s a game between attacking and defending because football is an attacking and defending game. Both teams have side-to-side transitions, ”he continued.

“The importance of a game depends on the moment. Now it’s a match between the first (Mumbai City) and the second team. [on the table]. Maybe two or three weeks later the game might not have the same importance but the idea is to keep playing the same way to get three points [in every game]. “

After nine games, ATK Mohun Bagan has accumulated 20 points, two less than the Islanders from the same number of sets. However, Habas who won the ISL twice with ATK believes that at this point it doesn’t count for anything.

“I remember my first season in ISL, we (ATK) won the competition. Maybe we played better in the second season (more points in the league stage – 23 against 19 for the same number of games) but didn’t win the competition, ”Habas observed.

ATK forward Mohun Bagan Roy Krishna, who kept his impeccable form from last season, believes Mumbai City are a great team and is motivated for the meeting.

“I think everyone wants to play in a great game and it will be one of the biggest games in the first round (first half of the season). We’re just going to focus on our own thing, play well and stick to our game plan.

“It’s really good to see that we keep these blank sheets (7) and that we get some important wins even when we don’t play well. So that shows what kind of team we are. these counters and convert our chances, ”admitted the Fijian.

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