ISL 2020-21 Semi-Final: ‘Our mentality has been our strength,’ says Mumbai City captain Amrinder Singh

ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan announce signing of goalkeeper Amrinder Singh
ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan announce signing of goalkeeper Amrinder Singh

ISL 2020-21 Semi-Final: ‘Our mentality has been our strength,’ says Mumbai City captain Amrinder Singh- After beating ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the final league stage match of Indian Super League 2020-21 on Sunday, Mumbai City FC clinched the ISL League Winners’ Shield. By topping the league stage of the ongoing ISL season, the Islanders have also qualified for the group stages of the 2022 AFC Champions League, becoming only the second Indian club to achieve the feat.

Amrinder Singh, the Islanders’ captain and goalkeeper, who finished the league stage with as many as nine clean sheets, has played a pivotal role in Mumbai City’s excellent performances this season. Under Sergio Lobera, Amrinder and co. set a number of records on their way to the League Winners Shield, most notably registering the quickest-ever qualification to the playoffs in ISL history.

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Mumbai City also went on a 12-match unbeaten run, setting an all-time ISL record for the longest streak without defeat in a single campaign before the record was bettered later in the season by the Islanders’ next and semi-final opponents, FC Goa.

ISL 2020-21 Semi-Final: ‘Our mentality has been our strength,’ says Mumbai City captain Amrinder Singh

Now, Amrinder is eying the coveted ISL trophy that has eluded the Islanders since the inaugural season. “Bringing home the first silverware in the club’s history and an opportunity to represent India in Asia is special and we’re delighted that our hard work throughout the season has shown. I have been at Mumbai City for five seasons now and to be a part of this success with the club that is close to my heart is and always will be a special highlight of my life,” he said.

The 27-year-old was quick to credit head coach Sergio Lobera, who Amrinder believes has been the key reason behind Mumbai City’s huge success this season. Lobera after parting ways with FC Goa towards the end of last season joined Mumbai City and transformed the club into a fearsome team. He brought some successful players from Goa with him and that bolstered Mumbai City.

“The coach laid down the marker right at the start of the season itself and told us we need to be ambitious. He’s an incredible coach and a guide to have and his success in India speaks for itself. With a short pre-season, it was a little challenging to adapt to a new philosophy with more than a few new players in the team but full credit to the coach to get us playing his style and his brand of beautiful football and you can see the results it has gotten us.”, Amrinder said.

However, despite the presence of some of the best players in the league, it wasn’t a smooth ride. Mumbai had hiccups here and there, including a 3-3 draw against Goa when they conceded with just a few seconds to go. With five months in a bio-bubble, it has been hard on the players as well. But Amrinder said that it is the mentality that has been the club’s strength this season.

“Our mentality has been our strength this season. It hasn’t been easy living in the bio-secure bubble here, away from our families and playing without our fans. There were many tough moments in the season where we have had to fight together and show what we as a family are all about,” added Amrinder.

ISL 2020-21 Semi-Final: ‘Our mentality has been our strength,’ says Mumbai City captain Amrinder Singh