& # 39; Soccer is not ballet & # 39; was the opening speech of the new head coach Jorge Costa of Mumbai City when his time at the helm of the Indian Super League football club started yesterday during a revelation.
Costa, a winner of the Portuguese Champions League with Jose Mourinho & Porto's, was referring to a question about what kind of football will be played in the Andheri Sports Complex in the coming 2018-19 season. Known as a defender to deal with bruises, the impression was that Mumbai City FC is about to become a much harder unit.
"My philosophy is winning three points – I will respect my players and my philosophy will depend on the players," said the trainer.
Costa has had stints with the national team of Gabon, the Portuguese club SC Braga and for Romanian CFR Cluj, as coach.
Meanwhile, Indranil Das Blah, CEO of Mumbai City FC, confirmed that a tightening of the ship was fine, and said that the fitness levels of Indian players would be closely monitored. He also hinted that the late preseason would mean a slow start to their season.
"We have always said that we want to win over the last four years, but we are sick of saying it and not going through it.This year we have a small disadvantage because Kerala (Blasters) started earlier. a month ago (because of the
This year the islanders go to Thailand for two weeks, where Das has confirmed that the team & # 39; at least four races & # 39; will play. This is in stark contrast to last season, where the Mumbaikars went to Spain for a pre-season of a month.
"We started in the pre-season in New (Navi) Mumbai four days ago and all players will go to Thailand on Thursday (September 30) and five foreign players will join the team directly in Thailand, we moved a little too late. because of certain problems, so our preseason started late and we have all Indian boys, except three who are with the U23 team, "Das said.
Mumbai plays at least four matches in Thailand in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, as confirmed by Das. "We will come back and play two games (in India) for the tournament," Blah said. He added: "So our expectation is to do what we can, we're still getting our stuff, so we'll have a tough job and we'll catch up to do."
Last year Mumbai City FC reached a disappointing seventh place in the ISL and this year it would be expected to at least secure a playoff spot.