ISL 2017: Alexandre Guimaraes calls for a solid defence against Kerala Blasters

The Mumbai City coach is hoping to adjust his side's tactics in order to gain points against Blasters...

Mumbai City Alexandre Guimaraes is hoping to sort out his defence as he prepares his squad for a difficult away game against Kerala Blasters in Kochi on Sunday.

"We think that we have to be solid in defence. We have a different situation with different players. We have to adjust some things (due to injuries)."

"I feel that it was a very difficult fixture that we have, playing our first four games - three away. But this is what we have to handle. I'm sure they will put everything into tomorrow's game. We hope that tomorrow we can adjust some things," said Guimaraes.

Achille Emana has not lived up to expectations for Mumbai City. The midfielder, however, has the full trust of his coach.

"In Emana's case, as usual, he has a 110 per cent of my confidence because I know the kind of person he is."

Kerala Blasters are winless in their first two games at home and haven't managed to score a single goal but the Mumbai coach reckons it is only a matter of time before they sort things out.

"They have a very strong potential in all the departments. It's just the matter of getting the win. Their approach to the final third is interesting."

Balwant Singh and Abinash Ruidas have been the two key Indian players in Guimaraes' Mumbai lineup and the coach is happy with the progress of both.

"Balwant Singh is the same situation as Thiago and other players. The injury he picked up in pre-season is the reason he missed games. He had a very good improvement in the Goa game."

"In the draft, we talked to my board that we have got to have him. He is doing his best."

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"Ruidas also has shown a very good improvement. We had a bit of bad luck in the draft which was not to get a natural left back. He understood that and is doing well. He has improved a lot from game one to game three in his defensive department. He is a young player with a good future," concluded Guimaraes, who also rubbished suggestions of pressure for the home side to score goals.