Proud of the team for beating teams with different styles: Mumbai City FC’s Des Buckingham

Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham was delighted with his side’s performance in the 3-1 win over Bengaluru FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Saturday.

Bengaluru FC tested Mumbai City FC with their pressing but the Islanders found their way to win the match as goals from Igor Angulo, Mourtada Fall and Ygor Catatau did the trick.

Buckingham spoke to the media after the match and here are the excerpts from his press conference.

The Mourtada Fall goal was a carbon copy of the goal you scored in the last match. Is this something that you have practised hard on the training field?

Set plays form an important part of our game. Around the world they account for nearly 30% of the goals. So we spend as much time on set-plays as we do in and out of possession.

Sunil Chhetri shot the penalty at the same spot as he did last time. Were you surprised he shot at the exact same place?

I got to give credit to Nawaz first. It's an excellent save and I also give credit to our goalkeeping department and David Coles. David with our video analyst Narendra spent a lot of time analysing it and they have gone based upon what they have seen. So full credit to Nawaz first but also the work rate of the staff that helped Nawaz make that save.

Dominant performances against ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC in the last two games but is there room for improvement?

There is always room for improvement. We come against different teams and different styles and we certainly overcome that tonight in what's been a very short turnaround of games for us. I just said to the group afterwards that we need to come away with results against teams with different styles and we are very proud of the group that we have come away with a win.

Is it going to be hard to keep Ygor Catatau away from the starting line-up?

It's a good problem to have. If you have players coming on and having an impact then that's what you want. If he can continue to do that it won't be long before he is in the starting XI.

It's been a week since that 3-1 loss to Hyderabad FC. Do you think that was a blip?

I thought we played quite well against Hyderabad FC. They are a very good team and I said at the time that they are well coached and we didn't take our chances and they did. I've said all along that I want us to continue to keep getting better every game and every week. The players are very open to what we want to do on the pitch and it's fantastic and we are starting to see elements of it on the pitch. It was a different challenge tonight and they stood tall and came away with the result.

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