Mumbai Metropolis FC head coach Sergio Lobera hopes that his gamers adapt to his most well-liked model of play over the course of the primary few matches of the 2020/21 Indian Tremendous League (ISL) season.
Lobera, who was formally unveiled as Mumbai’s new coach in October, is famend for the possession-based attacking soccer his former crew FC Goa performed.
4 gamers — midfielders Hugo Boumous, and Ahmed Jahouh and defenders Mourtada Fall and Mandar Rao Dessai — from FC Goa have adopted him to Mumbai.
“Clearly when there are gamers we’ve got labored with earlier than and we have to implement a brand new model of play, it’s simpler. These gamers might help me perceive their crew mates higher and thus assist with the model of play,” mentioned Lobera on Friday in a digital press-conference forward of Mumbai’s first match of the season.
Whereas Lobera’s FC Goa’s free scoring run helped them win the league stage on a canter final season, Mumbai’s sport was rooted in pragmatism below Jorge Costa. Lobera’s activity thus means to just about take them to the opposite finish of the spectrum of their tactical method to a match and the truncated pre-season he had with the crew was not too useful on that entrance.
“It isn’t straightforward to implement a brand new model of play in a short while. We’re working in direction of it and hopefully it’s attainable to play that method. Bettering and profitable matches is one of the best ways to adapt and hopefully we will do this in a short while,” mentioned Lobera.
The ISL begins Friday night and shall be performed in three bio-secure stadiums throughout Goa. Lobera, 43, believes that the distinction between the groups might be extra about how they appear after their gamers and reasonably than on the idea of tactical superiority.
“In these particular circumstances, it is not going to solely be about the very best crew however about the very best group,” he mentioned.
“I informed the gamers that we’ve got two choices — complain that we’ve got quite a lot of issues, which is true (or) one of the best ways is to not complain and attempt to adapt shortly; to see this example as a problem and resolve the issues as a household.
“Quite a lot of issues can occur this season and we have to adapt shortly to enhance our performances. We have to comply with the foundations. It isn’t straightforward to reside in a bubble however the membership and Metropolis Soccer Group have been cautious to offer us with excellent amenities. We live as a household, have some enjoyable moments off the pitch which is vital for any crew.”
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