ISL 2020-21: Mumbai Metropolis FC, ATK Mohun Bagan promise mouth-watering conflict with League Winners Defend at stake
The latest kind provides ATK Mohun Bagan an edge over Mumbai Metropolis FC however Sergio Lobera’s aspect has proven over the season that it’s able to virtually the whole lot. With the League Winners Defend and AFC Champions League group stage spot at stake, the followers are assured a mouth-watering conflict on Sunday.
Even the fixture makers wouldn’t have guessed that they had been slotting primarily a closing for the League Winners Defend and AFC Champions League Group Stage spot by making Mumbai Metropolis FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) the final league recreation of the 2020-21 season within the Indian Tremendous League (ISL).
Mumbai Metropolis and ATKMB had been favourites from the beginning of the season. A match between Mumbai and ATKMB isn’t solely one of the vital high-profile contests of this season however would stay the identical for a lot of upcoming editions. However the Sunday contest has much more operating on it than simply being a conflict between two favourites.
When Mumbai put in a 12-game unbeaten run, who can be the League Winners Defend champion appeared like a foregone conclusion. However the league being true to its nature and Antonio Habas and his aspect being sincere to their credentials have managed a comeback worthy of applause and one which makes the Sunday recreation a winner-takes-it-all contest.
Eventualities and up to date kind
ATKMB have 40 factors from 19 matches whereas Mumbai have 37 from the identical variety of video games. The winner wouldn’t solely turn out to be League Winners Defend champion but additionally safe the distinguished AFC Champions League Group Stage spot. If it is a draw, ATKMB would achieve success in completely establishing the league supremacy for this season.
ATKMB enter the competition as sturdy favourites given their latest kind. However Mumbai can by no means be discarded, particularly this Mumbai which is owned by the Metropolis Soccer Group. Because the takeover, the house owners have invested closely within the squad with report signings and have Spaniard Sergio Lobera on the helm, a coach who has mesmerised us all together with his footballing philosophy and execution.
Mumbai led the league desk for essentially the most a part of the season and solely misplaced the highest spot in mid-February. Nevertheless, the main concern for them isn’t their present place within the second spot however the leads to the previous couple of video games.
Within the 5 matches thus far this month, Mumbai have misplaced two. Which accounts for 50 p.c of their losses this season. In these 5 video games, Mumbai have conceded 11 targets. Within the 14 video games earlier than February, that they had leaked a mere seven targets.
The defensive disintegration and Mumbai’s lack of ability to impose themselves on the opponents have largely been chargeable for them trailing ATKMB however the Kolkata membership additionally deserves all of the credit score for placing in an astonishing unbeaten run within the enterprise finish of the season, which has allowed them to take their fortunes in their very own arms.
Whereas Mumbai are struggling, ATKMB have been on a six-game unbeaten run. They’ve scored 15 targets in these six video games, solely 13 got here of their first 13 video games. They’ve the meanest defence within the league, having conceded simply 13 thus far. Their goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja has 10 clear sheets to his identify, essentially the most this season. Mumbai’s Amrinder Singh is second with eight of them.
Habas’ tactical modifications
There have been few tactical and personnel modifications which have set ATKMB on this wonderful run of kind. Whereas Habas started the season together with his most popular three-man defence that served him so effectively final season, the harm to Michael Soosairaj, the poor type of Prabir Das and the ineffectiveness of the 3-5-2 formation pressured Habas into searching for different choices.
Over the season, the Spanish coach has tried out a distinct variety of methods however essentially the most profitable for him has been taking part in a four-man defence and shoring up the mid-field to offer striker Roy Krishna extra assist. A crew that always went into the sport trying to sit again and hit their opponent on counter-attack has additionally seen a marked distinction of their method.
With the additions of Lenny Rodrigues and Marcelinho, ATKMB have began taking the sport to their opposition. At occasions, Habas has even put 4 strikers — Krishna, Marcelinhio, Manvir Singh and David Williams — collectively on the pitch.
And ATKMB should purpose to do the identical on Sunday. They have to look to assault Mumbai even when they solely want a draw. As a result of whenever you play for one level, you find yourself shedding all three. Habas must be cautious of that, particularly when you’re dealing with an opponent of Mumbai’s high quality.
The latest kind undoubtedly provides ATKMB an edge going into the match however Mumbai gamers are additionally in excessive spirit after their 6-1 demolition of Odisha FC of their final recreation. With each groups trying to assault one another and aiming for the highest spot, the followers are assured a mouth-watering conflict.
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