New Delhi: The pursuit to salvage pride will continue for Delhi Dynamos FC when they lock horns with Mumbai City FC, who would be looking to regain lost ground in the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday. Though they are returning home on the back of a away win against NorthEast United FC, the national capital outfit’s chances of making the semifinals in the inaugural edition of the league are dangling by a thread after a string of disappointing results.
The hosts are placed precariously at the bottom of the points table with just a couple of wins to show for in the eight-team tournament. The visitors are in a marginally better situation, sitting seventh after winning three matches in their 10 matches so far. Mumbai City FC though, have equal number of victories as FC Pune City, who are sitting sixth in the table by the virtue of having scored one more goal.
While the Dynamos had beaten NorthEast United FC 2-1 in their previous match, the Peter Reid’s side will have to pull up their socks having suffered a 0-3 thrashing at the hands of Chennaiyin FC in their most recent outing. While they struggled for a major part of the tournament with their strikers rarely threatening the rival defence, Harm van Veldhoven’s side, who will be playing their last home match after this on December 2, it will a chance to finish their campaign with something to show.
The likes of Hans Mulder, Gustavo dos Santos, Alessandro Del Piero, Morten Skoubo and Steven Dias among others will look to leave one last impression as far as the first edition of the tournament is concerned. The former pair, who had scored in the last 2-1 win, will be keen on adding to their tally. The Dynamos also know that they fought hard after being reduced to 10 men as midfielder Souvik Chakraborty was shown second yellow card during additional time of the first half.
Mumbai City FC will be again looking upto their inspirational skipper and French star Nicolas Anelka to get them the goals. While there is no dearth of stars in the Mumbai line-up, they have somehow failed to score in six out of their 10 outings. Besides Anelka, they have another Arsenal great in Freddie Ljungberg, a names that catches one’s attention, but the duo are yet to play together in the competition.
However, former Bolton midfielder Andre Moritz has emerged as one of the side’s key attacking players. Lalrindika Ralte has been disappointing in front of the goal so far despite spending a lot of time on the pitch.