Goa: When FC Goa and Mumbai City take on each other in the Indian Super League on Wednesday, it would be a more than just a regular game of football. Both coaches-Sergio Lobera of Mumbai City and Juan Ferrando of FC Goa have shown that their teams prefer possession-based football and lots of goals would be expected come Wednesday at the Fatorda stadium.
Lobera, who would be up against his former team FC Goa, is traditionally known to be coach who loves to have his players spray passes all round the pitch. As a matter of fact, his sides averaged 535 passes per game when he was at the helm of affairs for FC Goa. Ferrando, his successor however is not far behind. In the drawn encounter against Bengaluru FC, his players completed 448 passes—which was twice more than what their opponents did on the night.
Despite a 0-1 defeat at the hands of NorthEast United in their opening encounter, Lobera is happy with his team’s performance. He said, “We are the team with the most passes till now,….you cannot just consider the shots on target stat. The chances of Farukh (Choudhary) and Sarthak (Golui) were close. We did some things very well. We played with 10 players and still dominated the game. But still, we need to improve.”
On going into the game without his side’s best player Ahmed Jahouh, the former Goa coach opined, “As a coach, I have good players and I am not scared of missing some of them.”
Ferrando, on the other hand, isn’t looking too much who their opposition is and is looking forward to his team putting up a competitive show. His side was down by two goals against Bengaluru FC in their first game and yet, two brilliant substitutions did the trick for FC Goa, who snatched a point in a game they looked like losing.
“The most important thing is to be positive, competitive, and win three points. Against Mumbai or any other team, our mentality will be the same — win three points,” he said.