City football is back!
Our last two fixtures may have been postponed, this match may have had a date change, and we also may have entered and completed a snap five day lockdown, but…
The City boys are finally back at AAMI Park!
Not only will we be back on the pitch on Tuesday night, it also will be a massive Grand Final re-match against Sydney FC.
This will be the first time we’ve met since they knocked us off in that Grand Final last year so the boys will be eager to be on the right end of the result this time around on our home park.
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A big challenge to find out where we are at
There’s no denying the last few results weren’t what we wanted to see but there has been plenty of work done out of the training pitch to ensure we can turn things around.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s squad are itching to get back out onto the pitch and there is no doubt there were some disappointed faces in the locker room when news of the postponed matches came through.
The time will finally come to get back out onto the pitch this Tuesday and there aren’t many bigger challenges in the A-League than Sydney FC.
While they may not be at the top of the table right now, City fans will be well wary of the threats Sydney FC pose, which is why they have been right up the top of the table for the last few seasons.
A fully fit Nuno
After plenty of hype, we finally got a look at our new Portuguese centre back Nuno Reis in our last fixture against Newcastle.
Kisnorbo saw his defensive depth put under the spotlight through a mix of injury and suspension, and elected to start Reis against the Jets.
Our new number 4 had just one training session with the senior squad under his belt at that stage, but still impressed and was able to run out the full 90 minutes.
Now with over two weeks of training with the group under his belt heading into this fixture, expect Reis to continue to improve as he forms a strong partnership in the heart of defence with Curtis Good.
A stark contrast in turnarounds
By the time we take to the pitch on Tuesday night, 16 days would have passed since our most recent fixture against Newcastle.
This is a foreign situation in virtually any professional football league across the world but in the times we are in at the moment, we are just happy to be out there playing in front of the City faithful.
We’ll be coming into Tuesday’s fixture very well rested but it will be virtually the opposite for our opponents.
Sydney will play off a three-day break after taking on Brisbane at home on Saturday night.
Kisnorbo has stated multiple times in his press conferences this season that he doesn’t see the difference in turnarounds providing a big advantage to either team, but nonetheless it will be interesting to see if this has any impact on Tuesday’s clash.
Getting back to winning ways
We started our season with a resilient performance against Brisbane away from home which ended in a 0-1 win and gave us a big three points to start the season.
Our next match ended in a defeat in Adelaide, but a late Jamie Maclaren winner secured us a home win against Western United in our next fixture.
From here the results haven’t been what we’ve been what we were after and we will be looking to turn things around on Thursday at AAMI Park.
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