Jorge Costa keen to work on mistakes

Jorge Costa will be keen to undo the mistakes of last season when Mumbai City FC face FC Goa here at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.

Mumbai City faced FC Goa on four occasions last season in the Hero Indian Super League including a two-legged play-off for a spot in the final. Goa defeated Mumbai on three occasions, scoring 12 goals in the process. The lone win (1-0) for Mumbai came in the second leg of the play-off after Goa had won the first leg 5-1.

Costa could not have picked a worse time to play a team which has proved to be thorny opposition. The Islanders come into this tie on the back of a 2-4 thrashing at home last week at the hands of Odisha FC.

Costa has a lot to ponder upon given the number of injuries, especially in defence where he is likely to miss Mato Grgic once again. They have had to field an all-Indian defence who will have to be on their toes against the attack-minded Goan outfit.

Star forward Modou Sougou too hasn’t recovered completely from his knock and that has further crippled Costa’s options in attack. Rowllin Borges, who picked up an injury before the Odisha game, will also miss out.

“I spoke to the players after the defeat against Odisha FC. We’ve to fix our mistakes and we’ve to be focused to avoid these mistakes. In football, if you’re overconfident then it’s a problem.

“I’m not expecting an easy game. But, I’m sure FC Goa also aren’t expecting an easy game. We respect them and they respect us,” said the Portuguese.

Though Mumbai are known to sit back and stay organised, they have always struggled against the movement and guile of Lobera’s Goa.

However, the Gaurs aren’t exactly at their best this season. After a 3-0 win over Chennaiyin FC, they followed it up with hard-fought draws against Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United respectively. In fact, they needed a stoppage-time equalizer in both matches in order to at least pick up a point.

Ferran Corominas already has two goals to his name but injuries to Hugo Boumous, who has since recovered, and Edu Bedia hasn’t helped their cause.

Mumbai is also the same venue where Goa lost the ISL final and a return to the very same ground could evoke some unpleasant memories. Lobera would be keen to ensure that his side get over the emotions and add another three points to their tally.

“I would prefer that my players remember the semi-final (5-1 win over Mumbai). I think every match is different. I think it is going to be a difficult match because we are going to play against a very good team and the past, I think, is not important for us,” said Lobera.

 

All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee today served show-cause notices to club FC Goa, its players Seiminlen Doungel and Hugo Boumous and masseur Rajesh Pandidhar for misconduct during Hero Indian Super League Match 13 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa played on 1st November 2019 at Guwahati.

The Disciplinary Committee has asked the two players and the team masseur to show cause as to why no action should be taken against them, in accordance with the regulatory provisions of the AIFF Disciplinary Code. The club FC Goa has also been served with a similar show-cause notice for failing to control its substitute players and officials from entering the Field of Play without permission and participating in the incident.

The club and its players, support staff have been given deadline till 9th November to respond.

Meanwhile, Seiminlen Doungel and masseur Rajesh Pandidhar will serve an automatic one-match ban for receiving direct Red Card for the incident, missing out on selection for FC Goa’s game against Mumbai City FC on 7th November at Mumbai Football Arena.

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