Margao (Goa), March 14
Mumbai City coach Sergio Lobera credited the quality of the Indian players in his team after they won their maiden Indian Super League (ISL) title on Saturday.
Mumbai beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the final, thanks to a late goal from 26-year-old winger Bipin Singh.
“The level of Indian players is key to win trophies because you are playing with six Indians in the first eleven,” said Lobera. “Bipin has had an amazing season but when the team is working well it becomes possible for individuals to shine,” he added.
“It is not just about one or two players, there were many who have put in a big effort throughout the season. I am very happy because everyone deserves this trophy,” said the Spaniard.
Mumbai also won the League Winners’ Shield this season, thus becoming only the second team to finish top of the table in the league stage and win the final in the same season. “It’s not about the coach. To win trophies you need to have good players, staff and club. I am very happy. It is not easy to win two trophies in the same season. We made history with the club,” the 44-year-old said.
“From beginning to end it was a challenge, the bubble, very short season, very little time between the games. (It was difficult) for everyone, not just Mumbai City. Finally after being done with the trophy and you look back you feel very happy because you see the big effort that everyone put in,” he said.
This was Lobera’s first season with Mumbai. The club is owned by the City Football Group, which also owns Manchester City. Mumbai qualified for the group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League. — PTI