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ISL: It's Very Important To Play Attacking Football, Says Mumbai City Coach Sergio Lobera

Mumbai City start their ISL 2020-21 campaign on November 21 against NorthEast United FC, and coach Sergio Lobera feels the upcoming season will be more intense

ISL: It's Very Important To Play Attacking Football, Says Mumbai City Coach Sergio Lobera
Sergio Lobera | Courtesy: Mumbai City FC
ISL: It's Very Important To Play Attacking Football, Says Mumbai City Coach Sergio Lobera
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2020-11-17T18:31:56+05:30

Mumbai City FC's head coach Sergio Lobera is a strong advocate of attacking brand of football, but the Spaniard wants his new team to strike a balance between attack and defence in the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL). (More Football News)

"My philosophy as the coach is to take care of football as well as the supporters. They need to enjoy the game during the 90 minutes. So, it is very important to play attacking football," Lobera said at the virtual pre-season press conference ahead of the ISL, which commences on Friday.

READ: Five ISL Clubs Fail To Secure License From AIFF

"Obviously we need balance. In football it's not possible to only attack. You need to balance between attack and defence. For Mumbai City, our style of play is very important. It's not about just winning but winning by playing beautiful football.

"When we have the possession we need to keep the possession. We need to quickly recover the ball when we lose the ball. Try to play in the opponent half and try to score as any goals as possible. And for me it's important to keep clean sheets as well."

Mumbai, who have never won the coveted ISL, have signed 19 new players this season.

Mumbai start their campaign on November 21 against NorthEast United FC.

ALSO READ: All You Need To Know About ISL 2020-21

Lobera feels the upcoming season will be more intense as all the teams have made good signings.

"I think this year is going to be a more competitive season. There are very good teams. There are very good signings. I think the teams have done a big effort to build a good team. I think it's good for everybody, very good competition with strong teams and very competitive situation," the Spaniard said.

ALSO READ: 'Fan Wall' Among ISL Innovations To Engage Fans

According to the coach, his players have worked very hard in the pre-season, which was different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is important for us to work in best ways as possible. We are working very hard and I'm happy with the professional attitude of my players, it is not easy and is a big challenge," he said.

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