Indian Football

'It does not change our targets,' admits Mumbai City boss Des Buckingham following loss to Al-Shabab

Arjun Singh Devgan
Buckingham is the head coach of Mumbai City FC
Buckingham is the head coach of Mumbai City FC / Hagen Hopkins/GettyImages

Mumbai City FC head coach, Des Buckingham has confirmed that their 3-0 loss to Al-Shabab in their opening game of the 2022 AFC Champions League will not change their approach going forward in the tournament.

Mumbai who were making their debut in the 2022 AFC Champions League struggled last night as they fell to Al-Shabab with Ever Bangega (2) and Turki Al-Ammar scoring to hand the Islanders a loss in the opening game.

Buckhingham who has coached the youth sides of New Zealand in the past, admitted that while the result was not in their favour, he will not ask his side to change the way they play on the fieldd.

"It does not change our targets. It was important that the players got an opportunity to play in front of a crowd and secondly, at this level of competition and against quality players and a quality team like Al-Shabab. So, we are going to take the experience from this game. There are positives, which we will certainly take into the next game. It doesn’t change our target, which was to come here and be the first Indian team to win at this level," he said at a press conference.

The result means that Mumbai find themselves placed bottom of Group B and they will hope to register their first win when they face Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in their second game on Monday, April 11.