Mumbai City FC were held to a goalless draw against Kerala Blasters. Although the visitors impressed with their quick passing and resolute defense, it was the hosts who had the best chance of the game, but inform keeper Subrata Paul denied Milagres Gonsalves to keep Mumbai into the game.
““I thought we started slowly, and I knew we had to start quickly. But the atmosphere that the crowd created was fantastic out there. All credit to Kerala Blasters! We had a chat at half-time to try and keep it (form and passing) better. It’s fair to say that in the second half, we created a couple of chances, a couple of opportunities to get in behind (their defence) but we didn’t pick out quality goals. David James also had a good save to make, we hit the post and in the dying minutes we had a fantastic chance, which nine times out of ten would have gone in.” said Mumbai’s coach Peter Reid
Mumbai City FC became more solid and resolute in the second half of the game and put on a stellar display, only to be matched by Kerala’s defense.
” “I think it is fair to say that the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game. For the positives, I am happy that we kept a clean sheet, and that sides are finding it hard to break us down, whereas for the negatives we need to get that quality in the final third and score a few goals.” Reid added.
Nicolas Anelka was deployed in a slightly more sitting role as he launched balls for Subhash to capitalize upon. Coach Reid had his thoughts for this change, he said “Well, sometimes when he has been going forward he has been man-to-man marked, so what do we do? We bring him back to give him space and take on the creative role anywhere on the pitch and that to me is the best way to play him. We can make excuses that we have injuries in the form of (André) Moritz, (Freddie) Ljungberg, (Syed Rahim) Nabi, and those are three players that have that quality in the attacking sense, so we are just missing that at the moment. We have kept four clean sheets in a row and a total of five, so we have done well defensively but now we have to find a solution for our attacking part,”
Mumbai City FC with this draw sit in fourth spot and are looking likely to qualify for the latter parts of the Super League.