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  • 15 March 2014
  • • 17:00
  • • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda Stadium), Margao, Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa – Mumbai FC Preview: Flaming Oranje hope to return to winning ways

Sporting Clube de Goa – Mumbai FC Preview: Flaming Oranje hope to return to winning ways

Mumbai FC

Bruzon’s side have to start winning again if they have any hopes of winning their maiden I-League title…

Sporting Clube de Goa have picked a point in their last three fixtures which highlights their struggles since the resumption of the league after a winter break.

A win in the Saturday’s clash against Mumbai FC will once again put them on second spot, which they had occupied for most part of this campaign.

“We will be changing our game model slightly, by moving our defensive line and also alter how our wingers operate,” said coach Oscar Bruzon.

“We treated this week like it was our pre-season and there were a few players who have worked extremely hard to merit themselves a place in the first eleven,” he added.

Bruzon will not be allowed to sit in the technical area as he serves a one-match suspension following his altercation with the match officials in their defeat to Dempo SC last weekend. Assistant coach Alex Alvares will be in-charge and have to call the shots from the touchline.

It must be noted that since the departure of midfielder Arturo Garcia, Sporting’s struggles have come to the fore. New signing Martins Ekwueme has failed to make an impact in the two games he has featured in so far.

Khalid Jamil is well aware of how crucial it is for Mumbai FC to get a couple of wins under their kitty. In their last six matches, they have four away fixtures against teams from the top half of the table. However their last matches are against direct relegation contenders, namely Churchill Brothers and Mohammedan Sporting, in the comforts of Pune’s Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex.

They have 19 points from 18 matches but do have the experience of avoiding relegation from the past seasons. In Jamil, they have a coach who knows how to eke out results and understandably they are a tough team to beat which often leaves his counterparts scratching their head.

“Now we are in a dangerous position,” said Jamil after the 2-0 defeat to Salgaocar FC.

Expect Mumbai to pose a strong challenge against the Flaming Oranje who are looking to return to their best form.


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