Peter Reid expects tough outing against Kerala Blasters
Mumbai City FC head coach Peter Reid is prepared for a difficult game against Kerala Blasters FC tomorrow even though his side had won their first leg encounter played in Mumbai. The English gaffer is mindful of the fact that his side are now playing away in Kochi. Reid is also aware that the hosts have kept two clean sheets and collected four points from their previous two home games.
“To be fair, in the previous game in Mumbai, it was a great free kick that won it (the game),” explained Reid at the pre-match press conference. “It was a fairly close game. We know it will be difficult even with the results we have had lately. I know David (James), Trevor (Morgan) and some of the players really well, and I know that they are strong, well organized and I think that tomorrow’s game is going to be difficult,” said the former England midfielder and England junior coach.
Reid said it is difficult to predict the Hero Indian Super League as the results have been topsy turvy. “If you’re at the bottom of the league and you have two wins, all of a sudden you’re in the top half of the table, and that just tells you how difficult it is going to be for us tomorrow evening. I was impressed with them in Mumbai so I know that it is going to be hard,” Reid emphasised.
Speaking about his team’s feat of keeping three consecutive clean sheets, the former Manchester City manager said he was happy with the way his goalkeeper and defence are holding up but is concerned that his strikers are not taking their chances.
“It concerns me because we are creating chances but we are not putting them away. With the games coming up think and fast, we are working on that aspect this evening in training and we will continue to work on it,” Reid explained. “At the last game I mentioned that due to the climate, the first half is usually played in a frantic manner, and then in the second half the game begins to open up. What disappointed me was when André Moritz went off in the previous game, because I felt that when games get stretched, he has the quality to exploit that.”
Reid mentioned that he will not risk the Brazilian playmaker if he is not feeling 100% fit tomorrow: “André said to me that it (his hamstring) was tight and I am really wary about soft tissue injuries, so I pulled him off. It is a lot better than what it was, but if he not feeling 100% tomorrow, I will not risk him, because with the nature of these injuries, if we’re not cautious, he can be out for the rest of the tournament.”