Mumbai City FC thrashed Odisha FC by a massive 6-1 margin in their penultimate match of the ISL league stage on Wednesday.
Bipin Singh was the star of the match as he scored a hat-trick. Nigerian forward Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a brace too, whereas Cy Goddard chipped in with a goal as well.
The Islanders’ head coach Sergio Lobera looked very happy after the match and termed this as their best performance till date.
“I think in terms of result, this was the best performance,” said Lobera.
“But the most important for me is how the team got the result. We reacted very well to difficult conditions at the beginning of the game. We conceded a penalty goal. It was very important to be strong at that moment, and I am very happy with the performance of the team,” he added.
Lobera was happy with the fact that the players learnt from the mistakes they made in the match against Jamshedpur and came up with a much better performance in this match.
“It was very important for us to not repeat the mistakes we did in the last game. But today we were very strong as a team and were loyal to our style of play. Playing with a clear head is very important, and I am very happy with the performance,” said the Mumbai City boss.
Mumbai City will take on ATK Mohun Bagan in their final League match. It is going to be an intense battle as a win will help them in securing the top-spot, whereas the Mariners need just one point to retain their place at the top of the table.
“We need to focus on ourselves. We need to improve in every game, we need to be ambitious and ATK Mohun Bagan are doing an amazing job and it is going to be an amazing match. It is good for the league. We deserve to get to the last game with our options and hopefully, we can win the next game,” Lobera opined.
He was also pleased with how his two strikers — Adam Le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche — performed in the match after starting together.
“They (Ogbeche and Le Fondre) can play together. But every game is different, the context is different. Today I thought it was the best option for us but sometimes I make the decision to play with just one striker. They are very good players with good experience,” Lobera stated.