The Game of Jekyll & Hyde: Mumbai City FC vs. Bengaluru FC Preview

Both Teams are Blowing Hot and Cold…

Most previews tend to focus on the last games of the contending teams to determine their “forms”. But, form by definition is how the teams have been performing in the last few games. Generally, I would analyse the last 4 to 5 games but I find that excessive since every Indian Super League franchise only plays 18 games total. I feel looking back at the last 2 games provides a good education on the two teams’ forms. Looked at through that lens, both Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC are blowing hot and cold. Continue reading

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JFC Show Teeth; MCFC Show Grit: Jamshedpur FC 2 – 2 Mumbai City FC Review

JFC Find Cutting Edge; Promptly Lose Defensive Solidity

Jamshedpur FC would regret this result. Not because they didn’t play well but because they almost had that elusive first home win. Jamshedpur FC messed up on what they’ve been so good at since the beginning of the season – defence. After having gone down a goal, they actually managed to take the lead only to blow it in the end. Mumbai City FC, in contrast, now have the ignominious honour of conceding as many goals to JFC as seven other teams in the league. Tsk tsk… Continue reading

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A Tale of Momos, Vada Pao, and the Chutney: NorthEast United FC 0 – 2 Mumbai City FC Review

Goals Make All the Difference Just Like Chutney Makes All the Difference

I don’t like the new trend of momos with mayonnaise. It’s silly. It takes away the edge of that dish. Without its red chutney, momos are basically boiled chicken in steamed flour. You enjoy the chicken but the bite is missing, if you know what I mean. NorthEast United FC were like that in this game. They attacked but they had no finish to them. I like vada pao too. Like momos, vada pao also get their bite from the red chutney. Mumbai City FC had that garlicky chutney. With that spice and that edge, they won this game. Continue reading

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KBFC Primed to Take Off: Kerala Blasters FC vs. Mumbai City FC Preview

Third Time Lucky For First KBFC Goal?

How do you not score for 180 minutes with Dimitar Berbatov and Iain Hume in your team? How do you decide to defend for 75 minutes and still lose the game in the last few minutes? How do you unlock a 5 man defence with 2 shields? How do you cope with a mountain of stubborn fans urging you to make a mistake? Some pertinent questions for this game. Continue reading

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Referee Takes the Spotlight: FC Pune City 2 – 1 Mumbai City FC Review

Penalty Denied; Penalty Given; Game Changed

Mumbai City FC fans will tell you that the referee took three points away from them. I don’t like partisanship but I can’t disagree fully with Mumbai City fans here. Still, I want to tell Mumbai City FC fans that half of the blame for these two lost points lies on their manager. You can’t try to defend a single goal lead for 75 minutes and then complain when you lose the game. It was quite sad really. Continue reading

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