Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat has stated that he was happy that his side remained unbeaten after 10 games, but that his team had worked hard for that result, especially during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Mumbai FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
“We tried our best. Sometimes it happens in football. When the other team has 10 players, for them, it is easier to defend. They have very very fast players. They decide to play on the counter attack exclusively. So, to play against 10 became very difficult. We tried different things. But we are happy because we are unbeaten, and we are still top of the table.”
Udanta Singh gave Bengaluru a much needed lead in the 23rd minute after Chencho passed the ball to Bheke down the left and Udanta headed home his cross.
But the lead didn’t last long with Mumbai cancelling the goal out 8 minutes later after Issoko cut inside and his cross found Modou Sougou who glow low to heads it home.
Mumbai began the second half badly, quickly going down to 10-men after Sehnaj Singh was given his marching orders for his challenge on Dimas Delgado at the halfway line, but despite this, the visitors kept on pushing.
During the remainder of the game, both sides frantically searched for the winner but there were no victors in what was a closely-fought tie.
“Mumbai City were doing well and I think we need to congratulate them. It was an exciting game of football,” Cuadrat said.
Although Mumbai didn’t play too well in the opening 20 minutes, their coach Jorge Costa felt his team deserved more points having had more chances before going down to 10-men.
Mumbai City are also unbeaten after seven matches and sit pretty just below Bengaluru in the second spot of the league table, with 21 points from 11 games.