As Mumbai take on NorthEast United, pressure would be on the visitors, to perform and perhaps steal points from a side, running high on fan support and in-form Andre Moritz. NorthEast United’s Manager Ricki Herbert, pointed that his side would not be intimidated by the fact that the hosts thumped FC Pune City 5-0.
““We also look to play an attacking brand of football. We are not here to shut things up and be incredibly defensive. We respect a side that has scored five in its previous game, but that will not deter us from trying to play our offensive brand of football. We are injury-free as well, so that should help,” Herbert said
” “I have had a lifetime in football and learnt that in competitions like this, fortunes can fluctuate. For us, we have gone through a tough initial schedule, but I am hoping that we will be fresh for the next game. We should probably have won against Goa by quite a few goals, but we will learn from that and try and be more clinical,” he added.
While NorthEast United have been regarded as the ‘dark horses’ their approach to the inaugural league, is appreciated by all.
“The boys have been solid. But everyone has to be patient, with regard to their development. We have 14 young Indian boys from the same club (Shillong Lajong) who are playing in such a competition for the first time. Whilst this gentleman (pointing at his skipper Miguel Garcia) has played at the highest level, the Indian boys will slowly learn what it takes to keep up a standard level of performance, day in and day out.” Herbert explained.
Durga Boro, who is a crowd favorite among the NorthEast United fan group, was also showered by Herbert’s praises, he said ” “The Indian boys have proved that they can compete well. Durga played very well against Goa. I am pleased with the way he has stepped up to the Indian Super League. A lot of our boys have. I am pleased for them.”while talking to the ISL Media Team
While home support has been phenomenal for the travelling contingent, away trips might prove to be futile, as NorthEast travel to Mumbai City FC.