Mahindra United plan new tactics

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Mumbai, Oct 9 (UNI) Former champions Mahindra United are still recovering from the shock of their second successive defeat in the I-League football championship, ahead of their third round clash against debutants Mumbai FC at the Cooperage on October 11.

Coach Derrick Pereira said the Durand Cup champions needed to try out different combinations to return to winning ways after they began the season with losses against Churchill Brothers in Goa and promoted Kolkata outfit Chirag United at home.

''There was poor concentration and understanding that cost us the match against Chirag United. We should have won that match in the first half itself. But we lost it due to a communication gap and tactical discipline among the players. Our timing too was not good.

But we are working on these areas,'' he explained at a training session at the Mahindra ground, Kandivali.

''The players were complacent against Chirag United. We should have converted our chances especially after taking an early lead.

Had we capitalised on the opportunities that came our way, the game would have been ours,'' he reasoned.

''We failed to take advantage and allowed Chirag to come back into the match,'' he said.

Pereira, though, said it is still early and Mahindra United have to take such setbacks in their stride.

''As we all know, we have quality players. So we need to just work out different combinations and try them out in different positions,'' he said.

''Though they are disappointed as much as I am, the players are working hard,'' he noted.

Following stunning wins over Mohun Bagan and East Bengal for a dream start, Mumbai FC are on a high and the Mahindra coach felt the presence of two quality wingers and a solid defence are likely to aid his team's opponents on Saturday.

''Mumbai FC have two good wingers in Anees K and Subhas Chakraborty. They are speedy and move well. In addition, they have a robust defence,'' Pereira said.

''But I am hoping my midfield clicks and creates more chances,'' he said, adding, ''this will give us shape.'' UNI XR SSS RKM AS2003

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