Costa delighted with his troops, Gregory deems Chennai’s performance ‘not good enough’

Mumbai City FC cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chennaiyin FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday. Goals from Raynier Fernandes and Modou Sougou sealed the tie for the hosts, who now extend their unbeaten run to a club record six matches. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, have all but relinquished their chances of successfully defending their title with a spot in the playoffs now seeming like an insurmountable task.

Mumbai’s head coach Jorge Costa was extremely proud of his players while speaking to the media at the post-match press conference. “It was a good game. We did what we normally do and the players since the first minute of the season until now are doing an amazing job. They are doing everything I asked them to do. We played as a team, fighting for one reason. So, I’m very proud. I’m very happy with the work we do every day,” he said brimming with pride.

Costa also provided an update on goal scorer Fernandes who limped off the pitch with an apparent injury. “It’s something with his knee. I hope nothing serious happens to him. Right now, I can’t tell you anything more.”

When asked about Fernandes’ performance, the Portuguese coach opted to focus on the entire team rather than an individual. “The last game we won 4-2 and this game we won 2-0. I don’t like to speak about individuals. A lot of them did a wonderful job, wonderful work and it is not fair to say that A was better than B. Whether we win, whether we lose, we do it together,” he commented.

Meanwhile, Chennaiyin’s head coach John Gregory once again cut a frustrated figure at his conference and lamented his side’s inability to take their chances, a recurring theme for them this season. “I think Mumbai had one shot in the first-half and scored. We had a huge amount of play, huge amount of possession and lots and lots of chances and we did not take it, which has been the story of the season,” the Englishman said.

He continued: “I haven’t seen the statistics yet, but I am sure that we had a huge amount of possession and more passes than the other side. Consequently, we make a mistake at the other end and the opposition take their chances. Mumbai took the opportunities they got, and we did not. This has been happening more times than I would like to have happened this season. The effort was there but, in the end, we were not good enough.”

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