Mumbai City FC manager Jorge Costa dismissed suggestions that his team needed to work on committing fewer fouls in matches after finding themselves at the top of the charts for fouls this season. The former FC Porto captain, who had earned a reputation for being a tough-tackling defender in his playing days, felt that contact and fouls are part of the sport.
Mumbai City FC have committed 92 fouls this season, the most by any team in the ISL. Costas men also topped the same chart last season with 290 fouls. However, the statistic barely bothers the Portuguese manager who feels his team could play a lot harder this season.
Football is not ballet. There will be contact, Costa said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the Kerala Blasters game.
He added, Fouls are part of football. If we are committing too many fouls there are four men on the pitch to decide if its a yellow card, red card or a penalty. Personally, I like this way of playing. There are some people in Indian football with a lot of responsibility who have an opinion, but I dont agree we are playing too hard. In fact, I feel we can and we must play...