ISL Preview: Mumbai vs Kerala Blasters

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Mohamad Rakip of Kerala Blasters FC and Mohamed Larbi of Mumbai City FC in action during match 32 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC held at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, India on the 5th December 2019. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for ISL

Mumbai City FC will look to reach the top of the table when they take on Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League (ISL), at the Goa Medical College Ground in Bambolim, on Saturday.

Head coach Sergio Lobera, however, said the 12-day break was not ideal. “A two-week break is a long time without games. When you are in good momentum it’s not good to stop. It’s better to continue playing. But on the other hand, it’s good to have more time to spend in the training session,” said Lobera.


Lobera is unbeaten against Kerala in the last six encounters having won five and drew one. But that was a different story. On Saturday, it would be a battle of two teams having similar ideologies and styles of play.

Kerala Blasters FC had been on a winless streak until their most recent fixture against Hyderabad FC which awarded them a 2-0 win. Kibu Vicuna has been struggling to find his best starting line-up and has failed to make the best out of his resources. With a little tweak in the roster, the Blasters have eventually started to look like a better side. They lost thrice and drew thrice in their other 6 games.


“They are a good team with very good players. They are playing well and are one of the best teams in ISL. We are improving in the training sessions and are happy with the way we are training,” Vicuna stated.