ISL: Selection nightmare for Mumbai City FC coach
Most coaches would be delighted to have their key players fit for a game, especially if the player in question is Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg
Navi Mumbai: Most coaches would be delighted to have their key players fit for a game, especially if the player in question is Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg.
But for Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid, this problem of plenty could prove to be a selection nightmare, given the performance of his second string attackers like Singham Subhash Singh.
"Freddie is 100 per cent fit. So, I've got a massive problem for tomorrow's game. But it's a problem I will gladly take as there's a healthy competition for places.
"I'll have an even bigger problem in th next game (against Chennaiyin FC on Oct 28) when Nicolas Anelka can start playing," Reid told reporters ahead of his side's Indian Super League (ISL) clash against NorthEast United FC at the DY Patil Stadium tomorrow.
Mumbai City FC players during a practice session at the DY Patil Stadium, Nerul yesterday. The hosts will take on NorthEast United FC in an ISL match tomorrow. Pic/Suresh KK
The team pumped in five goals against a hapless FC Pune City on Saturday — a fact Reid believes will put even more pressure on his side tomorrow.
"I was delighted that we scored five goals against Pune, but even more delighted that we kept a clean sheet because if you get a clean sheet you can't lose a game.
"We need to get our passing game going as good as the last game.
"We've set ourselves a standard in that game and now we've got to live up to that standard," Reid said before adding that skipper Syed Nabi had resumed training after suffering an ankle injury in the first game.