Chennaiyin FC will have to be at its best to stop the Mumbai City FC juggernaut and remain undefeated when the two sides clash here on Wednesday in a major Indian Super League match. Reigning champions Mumbai have won four of their five matches so far and are pretty much on top with 12 points from five matches.
Chennaiyin is fourth with eight points in their kitty from four assignments. The Islanders recorded a 4-2 win in their last game against Jamshedpur FC, leading 3-0 in the first 25 minutes, underlining their firepower in attack.
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Igor Angulo has been in sublime form, spurred on by the likes of Cassio Gabriel, Ahmed Jahouh and Mourtada Fall, all of whom have shown quality and consistency to form the backbone of Des Buckingham’s side. Mumbai has so far played 16 matches in Fatorda in Hero ISL, winning nine and scoring 29 goals in those 16 matches.
The match will also be a match-up between the strongest offense in the league and the tightest defense. Mumbai (16) has scored more goals than any other team while Chennaiyin FC has only scored 2 goals, the best record in the league.
“We will look at each game one by one. We were not carried away after our first game, and we were not carried away after our second when we had one win and one loss,” Buckingham said on the eve of the draw. “Our focus is very much on the next one. They are the only team in the league that is unbeaten, so it’s a challenge,” he added.
Chennaiyin is resolute in defence, but lacks the spark up front with their forward Lukasz Gikiwicz being riotous in front of goal, especially against SC East Bengal where he missed many opportunities. But in the back, they only conceded one goal via open play, the best record in the league.
“We have to look game by game. We have to be better and it’s not enough (undefeated run),” said Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic. “We have to be stable if you want to be successful. We have to keep going like this, but of course we have to play winning,” he added.
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