Mumbai thumped defending champions for the second time in a row: Bullet points

Nitish Bhan  |  Mumbai City  |  3 Months Ago

A high-soaring Mumbai City FC brushed aside the Chennai challenge with consummate ease as Raynier and Sougou’s strike on either side of the breather gave a comfortable victory to the Islanders. They are currently placed 4th in the table with a 6 match unbeaten run while the defending champions slumped to their 8th defeat out of 11 games in this season. Here are the pointers:


Breakneck speed from the Islanders was too hot for Chennai

   It was speed from the hosts that left the visitors bamboozled. Blistering wing play from Arnold Issoko and Raphael Bastos down the wings kept the visitors on their toe always.


   Young Raynier Fernandes provided the much-needed impetus to the midfield with his long-rangers and Sougou’s exploits in the opposition’s half, hamstrung Chennai and they never really recovered from the heroics of Mumbai.

Strong defensive display from Mumbai accentuated their brilliance throughout the game

  Costa has really honed his defensive line which made the Mumbai backline almost impenetrable.


   Goian led the rearguard from the back like always, consorted by Subasish Bose and Souvik Chakraborti.


   To add to their strength, Amrinder Singh provided significant support to the rearguard. His vital saves against Salom and Thoi Singh kept Mumbai afloat with the two-goal cushion right until the end of the game.



It was on the break that Mumbai razed down the Chennai guard


   Blitzkrieg counter-attacks from Mumbai kept on bedevilling the visitors at will. Raynier Fernandes’ long rangers harrowed Sanjiban Ghosh and Paulo Machado’s blistering runs laced with some fancy twist and turns dragged the Chennaiyin defence out of their position for the hosts to fire.


   Moudou Sougou stamped his authority inside the Chennai box with his pressing style of football and his goal-scoring instincts left the Chennai side begging for answers.


   Mumbai could have easily doubled their lead only if Lucian Goian and Paulo Machado could have kept their volleys on target.



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