Portuguese international Jorge Costa has signed with Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC to become their manager. The club made an official announcement on Monday.
Mumbai City FC have had a difficult time in the Indian Super League since its inauguration. Barring a semi-final appearance in the 2016 season, the team has always performed below par. A change was due for the team for them to actually challenge for the title, and the arrival of Jorge Costa as the head coach does bring some positives signs along with it.
“I can promise you that we’ll fight in every game and give it our all. My philosophy is to play good football and win three points every time we step on the field. I want my players to stay happy with the performances. I’ve spoken to a few Portuguese players who have played in the Indian Super League. I’ve watched a few games as well and I’m looking forward to the season.” the new manager said when he spoke to the media at an official event conducted by Mumbai City FC.
Interestingly, Jorge Costa was part of the famous Porto side that won the UEFA Champions League in 2004. He was playing under the tutelage of the current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho.
In fact, he was the captain of the side and has also won the Portuguese league title nine times.
When asked about the comparisons made by the media of him and Jose Mourinho, he said that he is here to create his own individuality as a manager.
“I enjoyed playing under Jose for almost two years. As captain of Porto, I was quite close to him. So yes, he has had a lot of influence on me. I credit him a lot for shaping my footballing mind.” the 47-year-old spoke about Mourinho.
However, even though Costa has had an illustrious career as a player, his managerial experience has been tough. He has underperformed in almost all of the jobs that he has taken up, and this venture to help Mumbai City FC might be the way he wants to go about in getting the recognition he believes he deserves.