Mumbai City FC returned to top in the Indian Super League after a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on the first match in 2021 against Kerala Blasters on Saturday. Adam le Fondre opened the scoring for the Islanders early on and playmaker Hugo Boumous doubled their advantage in the 11th minute.
Mumbai’s coach Sergio Lobera, though, wasn’t pleased with his side’s performance after going 2-0 up in the game. In the post match press conference he said
“The first few minutes are very important for us. We spoke about this before the start of the game and I was very happy with the start of the game but after we scored two goals the situation changed and I’m not very happy about the way we managed being 2-0 up because they had chances from our mistakes, which gave them a lot of motivation. We needed to work better after scoring the two goals”.
Lobera went on to stress the importance of killing games off. It’s very important for us to finish our chances, because at 3-0 the game would have been over, but we gave them opportunities to come back into the game. Now the focus is on the next game and we have just two days to recover as a team. We need to work hard on recovery after today’s game but I’m an optimist and I’m very happy with my players .He said.
Another player who has shone under Lobera this season is Bipin Singh and he explained the reason for the same.
“The most important thing is confidence. Bipin is a very good player like our other players. We have a very good squad, very good Indian players, very good foreign players and the most important thing is to work well as a team and then it’s possible for individuals to shine” Sergio added.
At the same time, Kerala Blasters coach Kibu Vicuna looked very much disappointed. The reason behind the same, was even though after having a good plan, and training players in the team could not take the same out, when they are on the field. In the post-match press conference Vicuna said
“Today we lost the game in the first 11 minutes. We cannot concede such goals against a fantastic team like Mumbai City. We are conceding but not scoring. Today, we had very good chances to score and come back into the match,” he said.
He also added, Even though he was pleased with some of the chances that his side created, Vicuna made it clear that they must improve their finishing.