ISL 2017, Match 4: Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FC, 5 talking points
Bengaluru edged out Mumbai in their first ever ISL match.
Bengaluru FC began their ISL campaign with a well deserved 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC. Edu Garcia's left-footed stinger in the second half was followed by a cool finish from captain Sunil Chhetri in stoppage time. The hosts created the better chances on the night while Mumbai failed to create too many openings.
Here are the major talking points from the match.
#1 Mumbai extremely aggressive in their approach
More often than not, a team sets up in a way that reflects the coach's personality. Mumbai City FC coach, Alexandre Guimarães is an extremely calm and wise human being. Rarely does he lose his cool or lash out on the touchline.
Which is why it was rather surprising to see his players extremely aggressive with their tackles. The likes of Gerson, Ruidas and Rozarios laid into Bengaluru's attackers with no remorse. Mumbai were intent on making a statement and it was visible in their approach.
Their players never pulled out from a tackle and went all the way, giving no thought to the consequences. At times, studs raised high up in the air.