The top two teams of Indian Super League 2016 gather for a face-off at Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday. Hosts Mumbai City FC take on Gianluca Zambrotta's Delhi side who are just two points below the Ranbir Kapoor co-owned outfit.
Both the teams have qualified for the play-offs after having a great run this season. Mumbai gaffer Alexandre Guimaraes focuses on registering the best result against Delhi Dynamos despite having qualified for the semi-finals already. ''We have to continue to do what we have done well. No matter what the game is, we want to finish it with the best points we can get. That’s our only objective tomorrow,'' remarked the Costa Rican.
The Mumbaikars defeated Chennaiyin FC 2-0 on the 23rd of November. The home team will now host visitors Delhi after a gap of more than a week. When asked if the coach intends to rest anyone for the fxture, he denied it. ''We had nine days gap. I will start all players who are fully fit,'' answered Guimaraes.
The 57-year-old stated that the players enjoyed their holiday period between the break and also trained hard for the upcoming fixture. Furthermore, he also added that most of the squad is fit to perform against The Lions.
''We gave the players the rest we had planned to. We gave them some days off after the Chennai game and later, we started our preparation. It went really well and almost 90% of the players are fit to play,'' he commented.
In this chapter of the league, it has been noticed that Mumbai often have more shots on target then their opponents. Discussing about the same, the former Al Wasl manager was questioned if he decides to go ahead with this strategy always, to which he replied, ''We have been focusing on both phases of the game- being offensive and defending well too. So we will continue with this kind of mentality,'' he said.
Commenting on facing Zambrotta and co, Guimaraes believes it could be a game which would be open to both sides. ''I think it can be an open game like the one we had at Delhi, earlier. When teams are liberated, they can play without any concerns,'' explained the Alagoas-born.
The Mumbai boss looks forward to putting up a good display of football for the fans who would turn up for the tie. ''I hope the fans will support the team tomorrow and we can give them a good performance,'' he conveyed.
Mumbai are table leaders with 22 points in 13 games and Guimaraes is satisfied with the results. The coach is happy with how the players have adapted to the varied combinations tried by him and also how they've excelled in the same.
''I am very pleased with how all the players try to understand the combinations we tried this season. We have played in several situations, different positions, different models and the players have done very well. This shows we can change things each time and in today’s world of football this is really important,'' he e