I-League: Relegated Mumbai FC & struggling East Bengal both aim for a win!

Mumbai FC, already relegated this season will have the pride to play for at home, as they take on the formidable but struggling East Bengal Club at the iconic Cooperage Football Stadium in Mumbai. Mumbai FC faced Shillong Lajong in their previous fixture, which ended 1-1 owing to a late Shillong Lajong FC strike. East Bengal, on the other hand, won against Minerva Punjab FC in a convincing 3-1 win at home.

East Bengal assistant coach Ranjan Chaudhuri was optimistic at the pre-match press conference, “This is our last match. We want to win, as we want to finish as high as we can. We want a good spot for the upcoming Federation Cup in May. We know that Mumbai FC are a tough team to beat at home and we will be wary of that.”

His counterpart Oscar Bruzon was frank in his responses. “When I signed for Mumbai FC, I had three objectives on hand – Avoid Relegation, Qualify for Federation Cup and Avoid Finishing at Last Spot. Unfortunately, we could not come well on two of them. We still have a calculative chance to finish above Minerva Punjab FC. We will be going all out for the win.”

“Lack of foreigners through the season has hurt the team. Luck has also played a big part in the fortune of the team. We have given a tough fight in the last three games but we were unlucky not to gain more points.”

Red & Golds defender Rahul Bheke, former Mumbai FC player spoke on playing against his former club, “It is always good to be back in Mumbai. I had a good time with Mumbai FC. Now I am with East Bengal and will go all out for the win against Mumbai FC. We have had a good season with some setbacks at different points in the season. We are looking forward to finishing high and get a good fixture for the Federation Cup.”

On Mumbai FC’s relegation, Rahul responded, “It is bad for Mumbai football. It has been a great platform for Mumbai footballers to rise up and will surely have an adverse effect on Mumbai football overall.”

Mumbai FC’s Clyde Fernandes stated, “This season has been a learning curve for me and the club. The coach has been a positive influence on the team. We will go all guns blazing to give our fans a victory against the giants of Kolkata.”

Mumbai FC are currently at the ninth spot with 13 points while East Bengal are in the third spot with 30 points.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 7pm and it will be telecast live on TEN 1.

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