ISL 2016: Mumbai City look for home comfort vs Atletico de Kolkata sans Diego Forlan

Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 12:54 IST | Agencies

Diego Forlan’s absence could prove to be the biggest handicap for Mumbai City FC as they seek to overturn their first-leg semi-final defeat against Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League at Mumbai Football Arena today

Diego Forlan
Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan’s absence could prove to be the biggest handicap for Mumbai City FC as they seek to overturn their first-leg semi-final defeat against Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League at Mumbai Football Arena today.

Mumbai City lost the first leg 2-3. The Uruguayan striker was sent off in the first-leg with two yellow cards and will sit out of the all-important return clash. Four of Forlan’s five goals have come at Mumbai Football Arena and Mumbai City FC have not won a single game when Forlan has sat out, including a 1-1 draw against Atletico de Kolkata in Mumbai.

It is not just Forlan’s form infront of goal that Mumbai will miss. The Uruguayan is dangerous with set pieces — both goals in the first leg came from Forlan in set-pieces.

“It’s difficult for me to predict now whether we will suffer in Diego's absence. After the game we can talk about that. In the games that he didn’t play, like against ATK, we performed well. The one who is going to play in Diego’s spot, I don’t have any doubt that he will do the best to help us get through (to the final),” said coach Alexandre Guimaraes.

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