Kolkata:Mumbai FC might be a new entrant to the second edition of the I-League, but their British coach David Booth in banking on successful fusion of youth and experience to throw out tough challenge to other heavyweights during the tournament starting on September 26.
"We might be new in the league, but that does not mean we'll be easy opponents. We have some good young and experienced players and it's a challenge for them. Not the survival but winning as many matches as we can would be on our mind," Booth on Tuesday.
The coach, who guided Mahindra United to their first Federation Cup triumph in 2003, feels the footballers like Noel Wilson, Koluthangan, Subhas Chakraborty and Amit Nandy, who have previously represented Kolkata clubs will have some advantage.
"Our team might be new but the boys know what it is in I-League. We have some four-five players who has in the past represented Kolkata clubs. So adapting to the situation won't be a factor," he said.
The Group B toppers in the second division I-League last season Mumbai FC will take on Mohun Bagan Saturday before taking on East Bengal the next day.
In the foreign recruit line-up, the Mumbai outfit feature Abel Hammond, who has played in the junior Serie A, besides Felix Abue and James Desirama.