Not impossible to beat Mumbai City FC, we must be positive: NorthEast United FC’s Khalid Jamil

NorthEast United FC head coach Khalid Jamil wants his side to remain positive and concentrate on their game against Mumbai City FC in their match on Monday in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).

The club has so far recorded the most losses this season – five – while they sit in the ninth position with seven points in the bag. Their encounter against the table-toppers Mumbai City FC who have scored the most goals will be a tall order.

Ahead of the Mumbai City FC clash, the head coach along with goalkeeper Mirshad Michu addressed the media during a pre-match press conference.

Here are the excerpts of Jamil’s press conference:

Both, you and Mumbai City FC, arrive in this match after a loss. How do you plan for them?

Jamil: How we are going to prepare is very important. We have got enough time for recovery. Everybody's fresh, we are ready for this match. We have to fight and be positive. We must get the three points.

Do you feel it's going to be a different game compared to what the other opponents had with how Mumbai City FC control the game and play?

Jamil: They are at the top of the table definitely, they are a good team. We should think positive and it is not impossible that we cannot beat them. We can beat them. We have to concentrate on our game and believe in ourselves and everybody must fight. We must play as a team, as one unit.

What do you think has been your strength so far this season?

Jamil: Everybody is trying hard. That is a good thing. We need a little good luck and we need that all the players must be available because we're looking to the matches that were played until this last match and every game we have missing one or two players. Everybody is fighting. That is a positive thing. Everybody is working hard.

Mumbai City FC were defeated by Kerala Blasters in the last game and they showed how to play against a team like that. So do you think you can take something away from that performance?

Jamil: Yeah, you can say. But all the games are different. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Never will the performance be the same, but we have to prepare and depending on that day, how we are going to play, especially tomorrow.

In the last match, you played Mashoor (Shereef) in the midfield rather than playing him in the defence and he scored a goal as well. Will we see him in that position in the upcoming matches?

Jamil: Talking about Mashoor, he played well as a centre back and in the last match, he also played as a stopper. He went in for set-piece and he scored. He is a type of player who can play in any position.

Here are the excerpts from Mirshad’s press conference:

In the last game, you played brilliantly against your former club, SC East Bengal. So how was your feeling after the match?

Mirshad: It was good for the team that we won. Everybody played well that’s why we won. Everybody was given confidence in the dressing room. Coach also asked us to play our own style of game.

How has your experience been in the NorthEast United FC dressing room so far?

Mirshad: The feeling has been very nice. All the teammates, coaches and staff give me confidence. Even if I make a mistake they provide me with support. This has been a good experience for me.

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