Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC have returned from their pre-season camp in Spain, winning four matches, drawing two and losing just one against various club teams. Based in Valencia during their 33-day sojourn, the entire squad under Costa Rican head coach Alexandre Guimaraes trained and prepared for the fourth edition of the ISL, starting in Kochi on November 17, a release from the franchise said. Mumbai City FC begin their campaign against Bengaluru FC on November 19 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. "I am really happy with the way the team has shaped up," Guimaraes said. "We played well in all the games and worked on getting combinations right. We have got the team in shape for the long season ahead and I feel we all set to take it up a notch higher this time around," he added. Brazil's Thiago Santos, Spain's Rafa Jorda and Indian International Balwant Singh were the stars of the show, scoring two goals each. Mumbai City FC began with a comprehensive 3-0 win over UE Gandia on October 12.
In the next game on October 15, Mumbai City overcame CD Castellon 2-1 in a thrilling clash. Mumbai City's victory run was halted by CD Alcoyano as they were held to a goalless draw. The Indian players came to the party in the next game, with Balwant Singh scoring a brace and Sanju Pradhan scoring once in their 3-1 win over UD Alzira. The fifth game against Levante UD 'B' also ended in a 2-2 draw, the release added. But it was probably the trip's most significant match. The reserve team of the top flight Spanish League side began on a dominant note with Joel Rodriguez scoring in the first minute itself. The only loss of the trip came in the game against Elche 'B', as Mumbai City went down 1-2. The team, however, bounced right back to beat Torre Levante CF 1-0 to end their campaign on a positive note, according to the release.
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