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ISL: Delhi aim to return to winning ways against Mumbai


New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Having drawn their previous two games, Delhi Dynamos will be keen to return to winning ways when they take on Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.

Delhi Dynamos FC made a convincing start to the season, picking up a dominant victory over defending champions Chennaiyin FC 3-1 and have played two draws against Kerala Blasters FC and North East United FC, who sit at the top of the table with 10 points from five matches.

Delhi Dynamos are at the fourth position, having notched up five points in their three games.

Mumbai City FC are at the second position on the points table with seven points. They have won two, drawn one and lost one of their four games so far.

They had lost to Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in their last game, and would be hoping to come out all guns blazing.

In the four matches against Mumbai City FC, Delhi Dynamos FC have lost two matches in the first two editions, winning and drawing the other two.

Delhi’s head coach Gianluca Zambrotta would be expecting to add some respectability to that stat in the upcoming game, and would look to keep up the good work that his squad has shown in the opening matches.

Richard Gadze and Memo made a return to the starting XI in the last match for the Dynamos, with marquee player Florent Malouda starting at the bench for the second time in three games.

The former France international had started every game for the Lions last term but the coach said there’s nothing serious and the decision was a tactical one.

“Last year is last year. This year is very different. The decision with Malouda was a tactical one. Malouda is an important player for us, it was a tactical decision. There is no injury,” Zambrotta said.

The Delhi defence looks solid, having conceded only two goals in their three games. The midfield is clicking well with Marcos Tebar providing brilliant link-up options sitting deep and Milan Singh running hard at the opposition to thwart their attacks.

In the attack, Marcelinho and Kean Lewis are probably the best wing-pair in this ISL edition and they have created innumerable chances for their strikers Richard Gadze and Badara Badji.

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