Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip said Saturday night’s clash with Sydney FC will show how far his side have come since Round 1.
The Dutchman acknowledged Sydney FC’s unbeaten start to the Hyundai A-League but said his team has grown significantly since the season opener.
“We’ve grown as a team and I think it’ll be a game that’ll show how far we are now,” van’t Schip said.
“It’s important to step up and get our first home win.”
Although Melbourne City FC have picked up six points in just as many matches, the side have been dominant in the majority of their fixtures, but have been unable to convert its dominance into scoreboard pressure.
The side will see the return of Aaron Mooy from Socceroos duty as well as Irishman Liam Miller, who has signed as an injury replacement player for Jonatan Germano.
“Aaron is in perfect condition,” van't Schip said.
“He had a few minutes (for the Socceroos) and it was a good experience for him. He’s coming back fresh and he’s had a good sleep so he’s no problem.
“(Miller) is going to stay with us until the Asian Cup break,
“We’ve scheduled Germano on a longer (recovery) program to make sure when he comes back, he is fully back.”
van’t Schip also gave an indication on when he expects Melbourne City FC international marquee Robert Koren to be at full fitness, saying his rehab has progressed significantly.
“Rob was back on the pitch this week doing individual sessions and he’s still a few weeks away,” van’t Schip said.
“He’s on a good rehab (plan) now and hopefully he can progress over the coming weeks.”