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We’ve got a hungry group of players: Mumbai City FC coach

Updated on: 07 October,2022 08:02 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Ashwin Ferro | ashwin.ferro@mid-day.com

The Mumbai side, who failed to make the semi-finals last season, qualified for the AFC Champions League this year by virtue of their 2020-21 ISL League Winners Shield. Here, they became the first Indian club to win at the AFC Champions League

We’ve got a hungry group of players: Mumbai City FC coach

Des Buckingham


Mumbai City FC couldn’t have asked for a better preparation for the new season of the franchise-based Indian Super League that kicks off in Bangalore on Friday with Bengaluru FC taking on NorthEast United FC in the league opener. Mumbai begin their campaign on Sunday against Hyderabad FC.


The Mumbai side, who failed to make the semi-finals last season, qualified for the AFC Champions League this year by virtue of their 2020-21 ISL League Winners Shield. Here, they became the first Indian club to win at the AFC Champions League. More recently, they finished runner-up in the Durand Cup. It’s no wonder then that coach Des Buckingham has a positive outlook for the new season. “We wanted to start the Durand Cup the way we finished the Asian Champions League. We did that and are in a much better place than we were 12 months ago,” Buckingham said during a virtual media interaction on Thursday.



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“We’ve had a good eight weeks of pre-season and had a good, seven Durand Cup games where the players have enjoyed some good minutes, so that leaves us well prepared. We also have no serious injury concerns. We have a hungry group of players and have added a few names [in the transfer window] who are very keen to add to our playing style. Interestingly, we have two players in this squad for every position so that drives up the competition. This can only lead to positive results,” he added.

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