INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE - 2014 (MUMBAI CITY FC M-2 PREVIEW)

Match Preview: Mumbai City FC looking for three points in first home game.

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18.10.2014: MUMBAI CITY FC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC had a productive final practice session at D.Y. Patil Stadium, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, today afternoon ahead of their Saturday's Hero Indian Super League match against visiting team FC Pune City.

Coach Peter Reid and the former German International Manuel Friedrich addressed the Pre-match press conference after the training. Mumbai City FC would look to get their Hero Indian Super League campaign back on track on their home turf when they take on FC Pune City in their second game of the inaugural edition at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Saturday evening.

Coach Peter Reid commented, "the take away from the match against Atletico de Kolkata was that Mumbai City FC team needs to pass the ball better and we expect a great improvement in the game tomorrow in that aspect. The pitch at D.Y. Patil Stadium looks great and the team is looking forward to play tomorrow's game on grass in their home turf and emerge as winners.

The team would be without their injured skipper Syed Rahim Nabi, who injured his ankle in the opening game. Freddie Ljungberg felt fine after today's training and might play his part in tomorrow's match after recovering enough from a niggle he suffered during practice. Hope the team goes out and plays good attacking football and make it an interesting game tomorrow."

Germany's Manuel Friedrich, the captain for tomorrow's match commented, "I was one of the first players to join the team and come to India and am getting used to the conditions and the weather in India. I am excited to play the home match in the presence of home fans. First match was disappointing as we were not able to perform as a team and now hoping to change that and to make sure that we get the 3 points in tomorrow's game. It is much better to play on grass than playing on artificial turf. We need to play the game and maintain our focus throughout the 90 minute."

17.10.2014: MUMBAI CITY FC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC would look to get their Hero Indian Super League campaign back on track on their home turf when they take on FC Pune City in their second game of the inaugural edition at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Saturday evening.

The team, co-owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant Bimal Parekh, did not get the desired result from their lung opener against Atletico de Kolkata on the first day of the inaugural edition of the tournament but there were many positives that the team could take from the encounter.

Despite the absence of their marquee players Freddie Ljungberg of Sweden and Frenchman Nicolas Anelka, the team had 57 percent possession in the game and had more shots on goal that their opponents. The team management would be hoping to utilise the services of Ljungberg on their home turf.

The venue has been refurbished keeping in mind the requirements of the football fans and the opening match promises to be an unforgettable experience for the football lovers in the city.

It would be interesting to see what strategy coach Peter Reid adopts against a team that has shown that they can defend deep in their goal-less draw against Delhi Dynamos in the opening match.

The former Everton icon had played an attacking formation in Kolkata despite it being an away game and it is unlikely that Reid would be satisfied with anything but an aggressive approach from his players in their first home encounter.

The team would be without their injured skipper Syed Rahim Nabi, who injured his ankle in the opening game and has been ruled out for at least three weeks. This means that former German international Manuel Friedrich would have to shoulder the responsibility of guiding the Indian players and ensure that they play the perfect support cast to the likes of new signing Andre Moritz.

With the style of play the team has adopted in the competition, the role of custodian Subrata Pal would once again be critical for the team. The first choice stopper of the Indian team for a few years now, Pal showed why he is considered the best in the country during the encounter against Atletico de Kolkata. It would be interesting to see how he manages the movement of the back four so that the team is not caught out on a counter on Saturday.