Would not change anything in our season so far: Kerala Blasters FC's Ivan Vukomanovic

Kerala Blasters FC head coach Ivan Vukomanovic expressed satisfaction with his team's journey in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) so far as they face Mumbai City FC on Sunday.

The Islanders are unbeaten in Hero ISL 2022-23 season so far and sit six points ahead of the yellow army who come into the match at the Mumbai Football Arena on an eight-match unbeaten run of their own. 

Vukomanovic though chose to focus on his own team and was proud of the way they have built their way so far. 

“I would not change anything in our season so far. The fact that we are where we are today is because of these circumstances. As a team, you need experience in everything. Winning games, losing games, being in difficult situations and then the best feeling is when you keep winning in a positive flow. I hope we can make the playoffs again this season,” he said.

A lot of fans and experts look at the Kerala Blasters FC match as the potential banana skin for the high-flying Mumbai City FC and the Serbian is looking forward to what he feels is a special match. 

“As a head coach, I like to play these kind of games. Even as a player I preferred to play these kind of games because they push you to show your best level because when you compete against the best teams you want to be the best,” the 45-year-old said. 

“This is a game where the players will not lack motivation, will not lack energy and that fight in a duel. So, this kind of game is something special for all the players and coaches and we must enjoy and be happy to enjoy this chance,” he added. 

Mumbai City FC though have been in scintillating form and have won their last seven matches. A victory on Sunday will help them set a new record for most consecutive wins in Hero ISL history. 

Des Buckingham’s side have been free-flowing and have scored 36 goals in 12 matches averaging three goals per game and Vukomanovic acknowledged the threat of their oppnents. 

“They have collective and individual quality, especially talking about foreigners and these players can always make the difference,” he said. 

“So, when we face those teams we have to be on top defensively and not allow them space and not allow them any possibilities to harm you in these individual actions. When you are in ball possession you have to try explore and use the space that you have, be quick in your decision-making and move the ball quickly,” he added. 

Kerala Blasters FC had lost the reverse fixture 0-2 but Vukomanovic will feel that his team are in a much different mindset now. They have won seven out of the eight matches since that loss and would like to close the gap on the Islanders who slipped to the second spot after Hyderabad FC’s win earlier in the week.

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