Mumbai City FC manager Alexandre Guimaraes was delighted by the reaction shown by side after they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters FC at Kochi.
“I think that we had a very good reaction because it is not easy to come to play here with this last-minute goal that we received in Pune. Then you get a goal in the first 15 minutes from Kerala. The reaction was very very good,” he said at the post-match press conference.
“I think that the team also shows they are fit. Four games in a week and with travelling, they showed that they are in good shape and mentally strong,” the Costa Rican added.
The 58-year-old tactician remarked that the result was a big boost to their confidence ahead of two home matches on the trot.
“The result is good, it is not what we played to have. In the second half, we created possibilities to score more goals. That is football and now we have our two games at home, with our spirit high,” he stated.
Guimaraes was also delighted with the performance of Cameroonian Achille Emana.
“Emana got much more of the ball. Our players tried to find him more. That's where we start our offensive movements,” he said about the attacking midfielder.
The former Costa Rica manager was also impressed by youngster Davinder Singh’s display at right wing-back after he came back from a lay-off following a surgery.
“It's not easy for a young player to come here in this scenario and perform and be competitive. He had to leave pre-season for a surgery. He practiced hard and waited to make his opportunity. In the beginning, he had doubts but it is normal - he is a very young player. In the second half, he controlled his zone defensively,” Guimaraes said.