ISL 2020-21 Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FC Live Updates: Kerala Blasters, up against Mumbai City FC, are desperate for a win in order to mathematically remain in contention for the playoffs in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 during Match No.81 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Wednesday. Kerala Blasters lost their previous match in a heartbreaking fashion and will be determined to turn it around for themselves. However, Mumbai were also dealt a blow when they fell to NorthEast United FC and will be eager to ger back to winning ways. Follow all the live updates of Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FC in News18 Sports’ blog.
Kerala and Mumbai last met on January 2 and the current ISL table-toppers registered a comfortable 2-0 win. Adam Le Fondre had scored an early penalty (third minute) and Hugo Boumous had scored a second in the 11th minute, and based on these two goals, Mumbai went on to win the game. Kerala took a barrage of shots (19) at Mumbai in that game but only four were on target and none found the back of the net.
In their last five meetings, Kerala have failed to register a single win against the Islanders, losing three and drawing the other two. But Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna sounded optimistic. “They’re (Mumbai City FC) the leader of the competition. They’re a very good team, very good players with a good coach. It’s a big challenge for us as we have to come back and get a win tomorrow. We are ready to face Mumbai City,” stated Vicuna.
Meanwhile, Mumbai will look to end their recent poor form. The side has won just one of the last four games, a run which also saw their second defeat of the campaign, against NorthEast United FC. “We knew this situation was possible because it is practically impossible to not lose any game during the season. We lost the first game to NorthEast. Never before during the same season has one team gone 12 games unbeaten,” said Lobera. “We are ready (for a reaction) because we know in this competitive league, this situation was possible. We are not (going to let this) affect us because we need to continue improving and work with the same ambition in the same way. We need to learn from our mistakes as always but I am not worried.”