ISL 2020-21: Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez all-praise for Mumbai City FC's top-quality football

First Published Dec 21, 2020, 11:39 AM IST

Hyderabad FC suffered its opening defeat of the season in six games, as long with two wins and three draws, it stays in the sixth spot. Meanwhile, Mumbai City FC registered its fifth win in seven games, as along with a draw and a loss, it remains atop the table.

<p>Mumbai City FC continued with its display of top-notch football, as it rode to a comfortable 2-0 win over Hyderabad FC in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL), at the Tilak Maidan in Goa, on Sunday. The success allowed Mumbai to remain on top, while Hyderabad was inflicted with its opening defeat of the season, as it stays in the sixth spot.</p>

Mumbai City FC continued with its display of top-notch football, as it rode to a comfortable 2-0 win over Hyderabad FC in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL), at the Tilak Maidan in Goa, on Sunday. The success allowed Mumbai to remain on top, while Hyderabad was inflicted with its opening defeat of the season, as it stays in the sixth spot.

<p>It all started with Vignesh Dakshinamurthy's 38th-minute strike, following an assist from Bipin Singh, as the side led during half-time. The second half saw Adam Le Fondre double it in the 59th minute, thanks to an assist from Rowllin Borges, as Mumbai once again secured the all-important three points.</p>

It all started with Vignesh Dakshinamurthy's 38th-minute strike, following an assist from Bipin Singh, as the side led during half-time. The second half saw Adam Le Fondre double it in the 59th minute, thanks to an assist from Rowllin Borges, as Mumbai once again secured the all-important three points.

<p>Following the game, Hyderabad head coach Manuel Marquez was all-praise for the quality of football, Mumbai produced. "Today, quality of Mumbai was very good. They pressed high and we couldn't play our normal football. Until the second goal, we were playing better. I think that Mumbai's a strong team and its a fair score. I think they did not do anything special to stop Aridane. Their high press stopped the ball from going to our attackers. I think we were scared in the first half, but I'm happy with the second-half performance," he said.</p>

Following the game, Hyderabad head coach Manuel Marquez was all-praise for the quality of football, Mumbai produced. "Today, quality of Mumbai was very good. They pressed high and we couldn't play our normal football. Until the second goal, we were playing better. I think that Mumbai's a strong team and its a fair score. I think they did not do anything special to stop Aridane. Their high press stopped the ball from going to our attackers. I think we were scared in the first half, but I'm happy with the second-half performance," he said.

<p>"Liston Colaco was not 100% to start the match after a knock in the last minute of the game against East Bengal. He was lucky that it was not serious. I think he will be ready to play the next game," added Marquez.</p>

"Liston Colaco was not 100% to start the match after a knock in the last minute of the game against East Bengal. He was lucky that it was not serious. I think he will be ready to play the next game," added Marquez.

<p>Also, Mumbai head coach, Sergio Lobera, was delighted with the result and the performance of his side, as he said, "I am happy that the team performed well. I think we have a great team and not just one good player. We knew that they had a team which is very comfortable keeping the ball. Our aim was to win back possession and create chances and we did just that."</p>

Also, Mumbai head coach, Sergio Lobera, was delighted with the result and the performance of his side, as he said, "I am happy that the team performed well. I think we have a great team and not just one good player. We knew that they had a team which is very comfortable keeping the ball. Our aim was to win back possession and create chances and we did just that."

<p>"Boumous recovered well from his injury and the medical staff said he could play 60 minutes, but he felt something during the warm-up. It's important we avoid risks, which is why we changed our line-up," he concluded.</p>

"Boumous recovered well from his injury and the medical staff said he could play 60 minutes, but he felt something during the warm-up. It's important we avoid risks, which is why we changed our line-up," he concluded.