ISL: Eyeing Top 4 finish, draw is no more an option, says MCFC boss Alexander Guimaraes

Updated: Feb 01, 2018, 12:31 IST | Ronald Chettiar

Mumbai City FC (MCFC) have their task cut out. The Islanders need a win against Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League tie at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri

MCFC coach Alex Guimaraes
MCFC coach Alex Guimaraes

Mumbai City FC (MCFC) have their task cut out. The Islanders need a win against Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League tie at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri, tonight to remain in the hunt for a top-four berth, and coach Alexander Guimaraes is expecting a tough game against this season's new entrants. Mumbai are placed sixth in the table with 17 points from 12 matches, while Jamshedpur are just above the hosts with 19 points from 13 games.

Mumbai return home on the back of a narrow 4-3 away win over FC Goa in their last match after suffering back-to-back defeats here. "I'm expecting a game where both teams will be competitive. Jamshedpur are not a side that concede too many goals. We will have to make the most of all the chances that come our way. Defensively too, we need to be alert. It will be a difficult game but nobody in the team is thinking of a draw," the Costa Rican said. MCFC have conceded seven goals from their last three matches, but Guimaraes chose to play down any defensive concern. "You need to see how other teams have scored against us. In our last two games, we failed to give attention to detail and were punished. We are at a stage where we have to take risks and that makes us vulnerable too. If we convert our opportunities, it won't be a problem," he added.

Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC coach Steve Coppell said it wasn't necessarily a do-or-die encounter for either team. "We have five games left and Mumbai have six. Even if we lose, we can still make it to the playoffs, but obviously, it becomes more difficult. There's a lot to play for. A win will help," Coppell said.

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