Costa confident of competing against Goa on even footing

Mumbai City FC will be looking to make their home advantage count against a strong FC Goa outfit in the first leg of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 semi-final 2 on Saturday. With the home crowd backing them up at the Mumbai Football Arena, the Islanders will be hoping for a positive result to take into the second leg in Goa next week.

At the pre-match presser a day prior to the match, Mumbai head coach Jorge Costa began by commenting on what the mood in the Mumbai camp was like ahead of the crucial tie. "The mood in our camp is very good. We are excited for Saturday. It's an exciting encounter for us and we are ready for the semi-final," he revealed.

Mumbai lost both their matches to Goa in the league phase, conceding 7 goals and scoring none. Asked if the recent record will have a part to play, Costa opined, "We have to see the reality, we've lost two games against FC Goa. I hope there'll be a different story tomorrow and we'll look to change the result."

Costa also spoke of the desire of his team to reach the final against any odds. "This is not a league game, we've got two games (home and away). This is like the Champions League. Honestly, we will definitely have a different game tomorrow. The players have worked hard like always and we are very focussed. We want a lot more and that means playing the Hero ISL final. It won't be easy but that's our next target. The team that makes less mistakes will play the final. It'll be a good game tomorrow,” he remarked.

Talking about Goa’s quality and the threat they pose, Costa mentioned, "FC Goa have a very good team and they'll be up against a very good team in Mumbai City FC too. We must forget all the pressure ahead of the game. We made mistakes in the two games against FC Goa, but we've learnt from it. We don't like to lose and must avoid making mistakes."

Continuing on the same note, Costa suggested that the two sides will be evenly matched on Saturday. "As I mentioned, FC Goa have a very good team and a very good coach. But the same goes with Mumbai City FC too. We have a very good coach (laughs) and players too. It'll be a tight game. For playing the final in Mumbai, we need to first beat Goa in the semis and then shift our focus to the final. If we make it then I want to win it at home," he said.

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