ISL 2019-20 | Have lot of options among Indian players, says Jorge Costa

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ISL 2019-20 | Have lot of options among Indian players, says Jorge Costa

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SportsCafe Desk

10/24/2019

Mumbai City FC manager Jorge Costa has stated that he would be having difficulty in choosing his first eleven, especially now that the squad is flooded with a number of quality Indian players. Costa, however, refused to undermine Kerala Blasters based on their poor performance last season.

In ISL, a team is as good as the depth and quality of its domestic players. And Mumbai City FC, who went to the playoffs last season, have understood it as was evident in the transfer season. Apart from getting in some big names in the likes of Mato Grgic and Amine Chermiti, the Island city wasted no time in stuffing in some proven domestic names as well.

In the likes of Pratik Chaudhari, Rowlin Borges, and Bidyananda Singh, Costa has successfully stabilized his defence and midfield to a large extent. And Costa has admitted that he has a positive concern with team selection ahead of their match against Kerala, on Thursday. 

"We have (Rowllin) Borges and Raynier (Fernandes) this season. The good thing is that I have a lot of options among the Indian players. It is not an easy decision to choose my starting 11 from a squad of 25. It is not an easy decision for any coach. Fortunately, I have a lot of Indian players with a lot of quality in different positions," said Costa, reported ISL website.

Kerala would be coming to the match after winning their campaign opener against ATK 2-1, and the Mumbai manager was honest in admitting that they were not approaching their opponent based on their last season’s performance. 

"We cannot compare the Kerala (Blasters) of this season from the last because they have a new coach and new players. We studied the team in their first game. For me, it was the first time I saw Kerala play, but it was not a surprise. I’ve seen many of their players play, and their coach was here last season as well," Costa added.

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