Last year’s semi-finalists, Mumbai City FC, are gearing up for the fourth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) with their head coach Alexandre Guimaraes stressing his side has two of the finest goalkeepers in the squad.
Mumbai City FC kick-off their campaign with an away game against two-time I-League winners and ISL debutants, Bengaluru FC, on November 19.
They are to play their first home game on November 25 at the Andheri Football Arena here.
“I cannot say about the other teams. I can say that we have the two best goalkeepers in our side – Amrinder (Singh) and Arindam (Bhattacharya) – and one new guy like Kunal (Sawant), who is getting experienced and learning. “
“I also (feel) that someday maybe (we) can see two of the best goal-keepers in India playing,” Guimaraes told a media conference here.
“So what we did in this season is that for our goalkeeping department we have got local players because we are interested to develop them,” quipped the Costa Rican, who coached the team last year too.
Last season the franchise lost in the play-off after topping the field in the league stage.
The club had a successful pre-season camp in Spain, where they won four games, drew two and lost only one encounter. They also drew against top flight Spanish side’s B team Levante UD.
This time the ISL season is longer than its earlier editions.