“Mumbai City are the club to Beat” Chennaiyin FC Manager cum Player Marco Matarazzi said this in a press conference a day ago.
Mumbai City FC is another ISL side whose investment involves a Bollywood film star, with Ranbir Kapoor as the co-owner of the franchise. They chose English flavour in managerial style as they are led by Peter Reid, the former Manchester City and Sunderland manager.
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg is the club’s marquee player, his first club role since leaving Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012. He told the world back in July that he would be promoting the tournament. Nicolas Anelka who was banned at West Brom due to a controversy also got back to the professional football. German defender Manuel Freidrich who was drafted in on a free transfer by Borussia Dortmund last season should be a solid signing at the back.
Mumbai City FC Squad:
Syed Rahim Nabi
Francisco Javier Fernandez Luque
Tiago Manuel Fernandes Ribeiro
Diego Fernando Nadaya
Singam Subhash Singh
Sushil Kumar Singh
Mumbai City FC is one of the strongest team of the tournament. They are equally good in all departs and have a good mixture of Foreign stars who can share their experience with the local talents. Keeping Mumbai City FC at bay will be tough for some clubs. The Ranbir Kapoor owned club will get some fierce competition form Chennaiyin FC, Atletico de Kolkata and FC Goa.
Mumbai City FC Schedule:
12 October- Atletico de Kolkata (A)
18 October- Pune City (H)
24 October- NE United FC (H)
28 October- Chenaiyin FC (A)
2 November- Kerala Blasters (H)
5 November- Delhi Dynamos (H)
9 November- FC Goa (A)
12 November- Kerala Blasters (H)
17 November- FC Goa (H)
23 November- Chennaiyin FC (H)
28 November- Delhi Dynamos (A)
3 December- Pune City (A)
7 December- Atletico de Kolkata (A)
10 December- NE United (A)
DY Patil Stadium will host the home matches for Mumbai City FC.