For the first time since the opening week of 2021, the Islanders find themselves displaced from the summit of the Indian Super League. With only three games left in the league stage of the 2020/21 campaign, the quest to reclaim the top spot resumes for Sergio Lobera’s men with a trip to face Jamshedpur FC at the Tilak Maidan on Saturday, February 20.
It was a game to forget for Mumbai City earlier in the week at the Bambolim as the Islanders succumbed to a 4-2 loss against Bengaluru FC. On a night that began with a goal for Naushad Moosa’s side in 24 seconds, ended with the Islanders’ heaviest loss – a third of the campaign.
Jamshedpur FC, who are mathematically alive and kicking in the race for a spot in the semi-finals, coming off the back of a late 1-0 loss against ATK Mohun Bagan. Having played a game more than the Islanders, Owen Coyle’s side will come in all guns blazing having to win both their remaining fixtures to have any chances of progressing into the final stages of the campaign.
The permutations and combinations go out the window. If the Islanders are to remain in the hunt for the AFC Champions League spot, the equation for Sergio Lobera and Mumbai City is as simple as it can be – win.
Hugo Boumous is ruled out of the fixture, serving his suspension.
Who Said What
Sergio Lobera: We will be up against a very good team, a very strong team defensively and it will be difficult to find spaces in Jamshedpur FC’s half.
Vignesh Dakshinamurthy: We’ve worked very hard to be where we are right now and we won’t let go of it easily. We have three games to go to achieve what we want. We will fight for it.
Where To Watch It
The game will kick off at 7.30 pm IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV for all viewers in India. For our global fans, you can find your local broadcaster here or follow all the action LIVE on our official Twitter account - @MumbaiCityFC.
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17 Feb: FC Goa 3-1 Odisha FC (Noguera 18’, Ortiz 26’, Ivan 75’; Mauricio 30’)
18 Feb: Chennaiyin FC 3-3 NorthEast United (Chhangte 8’, 52’, Lanzarote 50; Imran 14’, Brown 43’, Machado 90’P)
Fixtures Coming Up:
19 Feb: ATK Mohun Bagan vs SC East Bengal (Fatorda, 7.30 pm)
20 Feb: Jamshedpur FC vs Mumbai City (Tilak Maidan, 7:30 pm)
21 Feb: Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa (Fatorda, 7:30 pm)