ISL 2018-19: A game of two halves for Mumbai City FC's Jorge Costa

The Mumbai City FC coach took some encouragement from his side's second half display in the 0-2 loss to Jamshedpur FC..

Mumbai City FC’s Indian Super League (ISL) campaign started on a losing note at home with the Jorge Costa’s men sinking to a 0-2 defeat to Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday.

A 28th minute header from Mario Arques and an added-time goal by Pablo Morgado sealed the three points for the visitors. Cesar Ferrando’s men were in control of the first-half but the home side came out strongly in the second-half and threatened Jamshedpur’s goals multiple times before being sucker punched at the death.

Analysing the game, Costa said,” It was a game of two halves. In the first-half, it was not so good. The players were not confident with the ball which is normal for the first game.

“The players played a very good second half and had many chances to score a goal, a lot. In the last five minutes, I didn’t like the way we played. It is not because of the goal we suffered but I did not like the last five minutes.”

“In the first half, we did not see a lot of chances. In the second half, we tried to attack more and we took some risks. In the last five minutes, we lose completely the ball possession and they scored the second goal. That is why I said that I did not like the last five or seven minutes,” the Portuguese continued.

The 46-year-old took encouragement from the side’s second half performance but stressed that their display in the dying minutes had left a sour taste in his mouth.

“We had more confidence in the second half and we created a lot of chances to score. We scored two goals – offside or not, I don’t know, I didn’t see. We were better, we were very close to the goals. In two days, we will play again but it’s okay,” he stated.

When asked to comment on the match officials’ performance in the match, Costa replied, “No I cannot do that. We have three teams on the field. One I can control. The other two, I cannot. I can be honest about the things that Mumbai City can do or not do.”

The hosts carved out some great chances in the second half but were wasteful at times in front of goal.

When asked if poor finishing had been a primary factory in Mumbai’s loss, Costa refused to put the blame on his players but chose to praise the display of Jamshedpur custodian Subhasish Roy instead.

“We had two very good one-on-one chances which were stopped by their goalkeeper. The most difficult is not to score, it is to arrive there. Then, it is the luck, it is the quality, it is a lot of things. Also, we are not playing alone. Their goalkeeper made some very good saves. That is okay, we will try to be better next time,” he said.

Giving his thoughts on the two goals conceded by his defence on the night, the Portuguese said, “In the first goal, it was scored from the second (far) post from a tight tangle. It was very good finishing.”

“In the second goal, I have already said. In the last five or ten minutes, we did a lot of stupid things.”