Costa gunning for all three points against mighty Bengaluru
Mumbai City FC will look to extend their six-match unbeaten run when they go up against Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. The feat, however, will be a tough one considering Bengaluru have not lost a single match this season and currently top the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 table.
At the pre-match press conference a day before the match, Mumbai head coach Jorge Costa acknowledged the challenge his team will be up against on Sunday and said, "It will be a difficult game for us. But it’s just one more game. I’m sure it is the same for Bengaluru. It’s one more game - three points, one point or zero point. We still have a lot of games to play. Yes, it is a special game because tomorrow we play against one of the best teams in the league. But that’s all. It’s just one more game that we want to win. We want to go back home with the three points."
With the race for the playoff spots heating up, Costa was asked if the close competition is adding to the pressure on his team, to which he responded, "No (I don’t feel added pressure). From the beginning, I told all the journalists that we want to finish in the top four. If I remember, all the ten coaches said the same thing. My job and the players’ job is to know how to deal with pressure. If we cannot deal with the pressure, we must change our profession. This is something we must know how to deal with and its something normal for us."
Costa also expressed his admiration for Bengaluru's quality but maintained that his team will be gunning for all three points on Sunday. "It’s going to be difficult for us tomorrow. But I know what we must do. I didn’t find a lot of weak points in Bengaluru’s team. They are a very strong team, individually. All the foreigners are very good. A lot of international Indian players. But with all this, I want to go back home with three points," he stated.
Asked if the upcoming winter break will hamper the momentum his team has built up over the last month, Costa said, "I like this because it gives me some time to spend with my family. It also allows the players to have some rest, not only physically but also mentally, and (gives them the opportunity) to spend some time with their families. When we are winning, we don’t want to stop but there are other things that are also important," he said.
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