Fresh from the disappointing loss at the hands of Bengaluru FC in the finals of the Durand Cup 2022, Mumbai City FC would be keen to exorcise their Durand Cup final ghosts and move on to a new and fresh season.
Des Buckingham’s Mumbai City FC would be hoping to reach the playoffs in this edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). They finished 5th last season and narrowly missed out on a playoff berth to Kerala Blasters FC. They would be keen to cross the hurdle this time and play with their full strength and power.
The Islanders were very active during the transfer window and have made some rock-solid additions to their side. In this article, we do a SWOT analysis of Mumbai and look at their best playing XI:
The Strength of the Islanders undoubtedly lie in their foreign recruitments. Some of the big names that they have roped in their side during the transfer window include Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Alberto Noguera and Greg Stewart. Two of the top goal-scorers of the Durand Cup 2022 sojourn are from Mumbai City FC.
The defence department of Mumbai City FC is probably their only weakness in a team that is brimming with strength and power. They have roped in the services of centre-back Rostyn Griffiths and along with skipper Mourtada Fall, they would be hoping Mumbai make some good blocks.
The Indian young players have a solid opportunity to prove their mettle under Des Buckingham. The likes of Phurba Lachenpa, Mehtab Singh Rahul Bheke and Biping Singh have a solid opportunity to shine in the limelight.
Teams like Bengaluru FC and ATK Mohun Bagan will pose as pertinent headaches for Mourtada Fall and Des Buckingham. The teams are heavyweight teams and they would be giving stiff competition to Mumbai City FC.
Predicted XI of Mumbai City FC in ISL 2022-23
Phurba Lachenpa, Mehtab Singh, Sanjeev Stalin, Rostyn Griffiths, Vikram Pratap Singh, Ahmed Jahuoh, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Greg Stewart, Jorge Pereyra Diaz
Predicted Squad of Mumbai City FC in ISL 2022-23
Phurba Lachenpa, Mohammad Nawaz, Bhaskar Roy, Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mehtab Singh, Sanjeev Stalin, Mandar Rao Dessai, Rostyn Griffiths, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Serigne Mourtada Fall, Huidrom Naocha Singh, Alberto Noguera, Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Greg Stewart, Asif Khan, PC Rohlupuia, Apuia Ralte, Vikram Partap Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Gurkirat Singh, Ayush Chhikara, Bipin Singh Thounaojam, Jorge Pereyra Díaz