Greg Stewart interview: Mumbai City FC don’t rely on any one player
Mumbai City FC have been an attacking force to reckon with this season in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), and one man to focus on from that force is their star forward Greg Stewart.
Stewart is always present on the team sheet, and for good reason. He has been directly involved in 11 of MCFC’s 36 goals this season with four goals and seven assists to his name and has created the most number of chances in the league.
Having won the Hero of the League last season, Stewart is enjoying his football in the blue of Mumbai City FC.
“The way we play is very versatile and we create so many chances as we can play in so many ways. The most important thing is we do not rely on a single player and everyone is chipping in with the goals and assists, the way they play and run for the team, it is massive for us,” Stewart told indiansuperleague.com in an interview.
He believes that the team’s strength also lies in their desire to work for each other and make the team click as an unit.
“We always believe in each other, and there are going to be times in the season when it will test everyone and you will fall behind. The season can be a roller coaster, and then there will be games that can go up and down,” Stewart said.
“But there is one thing about this team, and that is that we always stick together, which help us gain three points even in games we haven’t been at our best, so it is credit to everyone as it helps build confidence,” he added.
The 32-year-old has seamlessly adapted to life at Mumbai City FC who play a distinctly different system to the one he played at Jamshepdur FC this season, but he feels there is not much difference between what he is asked to do for the team.
“I would not say there is a lot of difference (between Mumbai and Jamshedpur). I play a lot more deeper into the midfield, but now the way we play I get a free role so it is similar but there changes only here and there,” he said.
The Islanders have been on a roll and are yet to lose a match this season after 12 matches. With just eight matches to play, there have been voices suggesting that they can go the entire season unbeaten. But Stewart is in no mood to dwell on it.
“No, it’s too early. For us it’s simple, we will focus on our next game and keep enjoying the football we play,” he concluded.