Panaji: Chennaiyin FC are set to lock horns with Mumbai FC in a major clash of the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.
Defending champions Mumbai have won four of their five matches so far and are on top with 12 points from five matches. Chennaiyin are placed fourth with eight from four matches. The Islanders registered a 4–2 win against Jamshedpur FC in their last match, going 3–0 in the first 25 minutes, reducing the firepower in the attack.
Igor Angulo has been in superb form, thanks to the likes of Cassio Gabriel, Ahmed Jahouh and Murtada Faul, who have shown all the quality and consistency to form the backbone of Des Buckingham’s side.
Mumbai has so far played 16 matches at Fatorda in the ISL, winning nine and scoring 29 goals in those 16 matches.
Tomorrow’s game will also be a matchup between the most powerful attack in the league and the strongest defense in the league.
Mumbai (16) have scored more goals than any other team while Chennaiyin FC have scored only 2 goals, which is the best record in the league.
Buckingham said on the eve, “We’ll take every game at once. We weren’t swayed after our first game, and we weren’t swayed after our second game when we had one win and one loss.” ” Glove.
“Our focus is on the next one. They are the only team in the league who are unbeaten, so it is a challenge,” he said.
Chennaiyin, apart from being firm in defence, missed the spark with his forward Lukasz Gikiewicz, especially against SC East Bengal, where he missed several chances.
But at the back he has conceded just one goal through open play, which is the best record in the league.
“We need to go game after game. We need to get better and it (run not out) is not enough,” Chennaiyin FC head coach Bojidar Bandovic said.
“If you want to be successful, we need to be stable. We need to keep going like that, but of course we need to win matches,” he said.
First published:December 14, 2021, 5:20 pm