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  1. Luke Brattan

    LUKE BRATTAN TALKS GAFFER BANTER AND WEIGHT LOSS By Clement Tito Nov 12 2017 Warren Joyce knows how to find the balance when managing a team, according to Brattan. The message coming from Melbourne City this season is to tighten things up defensively after proving to be the league's entertainers over the years. City have conceded two goals in five games under Joyce and consistency is the main message coming from the boss, with Brattan impressed. Brattan said Joyce was “refreshing” for the playing group and also praised his sense of humour. “Warren is a fantastic coach, and he’s got pretty decent banter as well which is awesome,” Brattan told FourFourTwo. “I cop it a fair bit with some of the stuff I wear, he’s printed a few photos out of funny looking people that I apparently look like and he’s stuck them up around the place. “You just know every day, on the field he’s serious and then he’s got the banter. It’s very refreshing and a good balance.” Brattan made it no secret that he would like to be playing more and has so far come off the bench twice in the four games he has played. The midfielder was a regular starter for City last season, however he said he felt comfortable approaching Joyce to discuss any concerns he has. “There’s still that respect but I think having banter with the boys makes him a bit approachable and that’s what you need in a coach, you can’t be scared to go and talk to him,” he said. “I’m not playing as much at the moment, but I’m not intimidated to go and talk to him and I’ll know he’ll be honest with me. “We’ve started the season well, we’re well drilled and defending extremely well which was missing last year. “We just need to continue that now, it’s also not a long season so to start well is very important. We have to keep the standard high and he drives that.” Brattan said he feels in excellent condition, despite the battle he's facing to regain a regular spot. He's had a big year after the birth of his baby-daughter Amaya and the new challenge of juggling fatherhood with football. And he said he had to slim down before the start of the 2017/18 season. “Since last year I’ve lost about 8kg, so it’s a fair bit,” Brattan said. “I’m a bit lighter than I was at Brisbane, it’s allowed me to add a bit more to my game, I need to be super fit to play in the team and the style we play in the A-League as well as go to the next level. “The competition is getting better and better each year, so to keep up, my fitness has got to improve and I feel the best I’ve felt in a while, so I’m pretty happy. “Last year coming back from England, my weight was poor, then I returned in good shape this year and it was a lot easier to get to where I am now. “This year I really wanted to go to the next level and I looked after myself in the off-season. Having a baby might’ve had a bit to do with that, but I worked pretty hard so it was a good start. “I feel great, credit to the gaffer for working us so hard, but also to the medical staff who have worked wonders with me.” Brattan also admitted the Socceroos are on his mind going into a World Cup year. Despite being involved in senior camps he remains uncapped and in January he slammed himself, feeling he wasn't good enough for the team. Brattan said he needed to get some games going for City before he can even think about the national team. “I’m not going to say that I deserve to be there when I don’t,” he said. “I know Ange (Postecoglou) chooses the team on form and he’s not scared to make big decisions. “Hopefully we do make the World Cup, I get my chance and start playing club football. But at the moment, I’m nowhere near it because I’m not playing regularly here.” https://www.fourfourtwo.com.au/news/luke-brattan-talks-gaffer-banter-and-weight-loss-477419
  2. The "Where are they now?" thread

    A highlights video of Novillo made a few weeks ago (FWIW made by a Thailand based sports agency whose CEO is an Australian seemingly from Melbourne):
  3. Melbourne City unlikely to make changes to its starting line-up for clash against Western Sydney David Davutovic November 11 2017 MELBOURNE City coach Warren Joyce says it’s time his starters received some praise for the form they have shown this season as he declares striker Ross McCormack is in the best shape he has been all season. MELBOURNE City boss Warren Joyce said it was time his starters earnt praise, hinting strongly that he would stick with his regulars for Sunday night’s clash with Western Sydney. City can regain top spot by beating the Wanderers at AAMI Park, after Sydney FC lost to Central Coast on Friday night. Joyce revealed that striker Ross McCormack had come off his sharpest week of training since arriving from Aston Villa, in a good sign for a City side that have found scoring goals more difficult than keeping it tight defensively. City’s star-studded subs Marcin Budzinski, Marcelo Carrusca and Neil Kilkenny have had plenty of airtime, Joyce said Nick Fitzgerald, Bruce Kamau and Stefan Mauk deserved credit for keeping them out. “I spend a lot of time talking about lads who are not playing rather than how well Fitzy and Mauk and Bruce are going,’’ Joyce said. “These three have impressed me since I walked through the door. The lads have done a fantastic job in the first four games. “All you want, when you come in with an open mind and blank canvas, you throw the same challenges down to the boys. “Players aren’t always happy, which you expect. Then it’s about conducting yourself. “Budzinksi, Carrucsca, Kilkenny, (Luke) Brattan and the young lads have been doing well. It’s great to watch, it’s good to have competition.” City hosts an unknown quantity, with former Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau leading the Wanderers for the first time. Osama Malik and Scott Jamieson return and despite a maiden loss of the season and Tim Cahill (Socceroos duty) absent, wholesale changes were unlikely. “We had a disjointed pre-season, we never played the same side. We’re in a building process,’’ Joyce said. “The only way players get to know and understand what others are doing is by playing together, building up relationships, understanding the runs they’re making. “Lots of teams that have played together for a while beforehand, they’ve had success. “There were different changes tactically and personnel (wise) that we were forced to make — it was a shame, we were on a good run, there wasn’t anything in the (Sydney FC loss last week).’’ http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/melbourne-city-unlikely-to-make-changes-to-its-starting-lineup-for-clash-against-western-sydney/news-story/6682385c0737aa8b842670273e0442d8
  4. Tim Cahill

    FFA delays making a decision on whether Tim Cahill will travel to Honduras DAVID DAVUTOVIC Nov 4 2017 IS A Rolled ankle about to cost Australia a place at the World Cup? Tim Cahill and the Socceroos staff will wait until tomorrow morning to make a call on whether he flies to Honduras. Australia’s record goalscorer is being assessed by Melbourne City’s medical staff, and he will consult with them and the Socceroos medicos before Cahill and coach Ange Postecoglou make a call. The striker today received scan results which are believed to have cleared him of serious injury after he rolled his ankle in Friday night’s loss to Sydney FC. The ligament damage could leave him in doubt for Saturday morning’s first leg World Cup qualifying playoff against Honduras. Cahill, who is due to fly late Sunday morning, has spent much of the last 24 hours icing his ankle in a bid to keep the swelling down. “A decision will be taken on Sunday after the swelling subsides,” an FFA spokesman said “We won’t really know until then what the real situation is.” Cahill was forced from the field in Friday night’s 1-0 A-League loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park after landing awkwardly in attempting to hurdle Sky Blues defender Jordi Buijs. The 37-year-old was able to walk and put weight on the ankle but was whisked away to hospital for scans. Cahill was due to leave Melbourne on Sunday, a 30-hour journey involving three flights to arrive in San Pedro Sula. Given the inflammation involved with a rolled ankle, it’s not an ideal scenario for Cahill or the Socceroos’ hopes of qualifying for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Neither Cahill, his A-League club Melbourne City are commenting on the severity of the injury. Instead, Sydney FC and ex-Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has urged the country to cross fingers for the health Australia’s all-time leading scorer. Cahill missed City’s Saturday morning recovery session, opting to recuperate at home in an attempt to make his flights as planned. The avid social media user put a solitary quote on his Twitter and Instagram account, which reads ‘You become what you think. So think positively’. Cahill’s importance to the Socceroos was underlined in their most recent qualifier. The veteran scored twice and played the full 120 minutes in Australia’s second leg victory against Syria to set up the showdown with Honduras. It’s why Arnold, who coached Cahill as Socceroos boss a decade ago, has suggested Australian fans should say a little prayer. “Lets all keep our fingers crossed he’s OK,” Arnold said. “I just want us to qualify and we need our best team out there. ” Timmy’s our star. “You can’t give (enough) credit for someone who does so much for the country. “Against Syria, over 120 minutes, what he did was phenomenal. “I’m sure he’s OK. He’ll be ready at least for the return leg here in Australia.” The away leg with Honduras will be played on November 11, before the return tie in Sydney on November 15. Melbourne City coach Joyce defended his decision to give Cahill a first start of the season ahead of the crunch qualifiers. “Timmy’s desperate to play. He’s been training hard. It’s a big game. We’re trying to win a big game. That’s it,” he said. “The fact the national team coach (might have wanted him to rest) has got no bearing on it.” http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/socceroos/tim-cahill-injury-news-australia-socceroos-v-honduras/news-story/96663220201b1c306476454ce1e6778f
  5. The "Where are they now?" thread

    BBC now reporting Joe to be Arsenal Women’s Head Coach: http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/41859461
  6. MOTM Rd5 vs Sydney FC

    Voted Fitzgerald. Solid general play, and quality end-product: shot on goal, dangerous runs into the box (including one almost penalty), and some superb crossing (including one Ross should have got on the end of). I’d like to see Kamau produce more at the end of his attacks. If he produced as much end-product as Fitzy (like Kamau did in our first 2 games) then I’d be very pleased. Schenkeveld another good shout for MOTM. Flawless again.
  7. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    It seems the players and Joyce know just where we’re at. The defence is solid, but our attack is really 2nd rate ATM. No goals in open play in 3 games. No goals in open play at home (AAMI) in 2 games. In short, back to the drawing board with our midfield, and our plans on moving the ball up field and creating chances. We’ve played 5 games, we’ve built the defence, so now it’s time to establish an attacking plan (even if it’s a simple attacking plan [it doesn’t need to be Barca football, it just has to be effective]).
  8. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    CAHILL INJURY 'NO EXCUSE' SAYS MAUK By Staff Writer Nov 3 2017 Stefan Mauk has refused to blame Tim Cahill's early injury exit for the 1-0 loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday night. Cahill got his first start of the season, but only lasted 25 minutes after rolling in ankle in a clumsy challenge. A rare goal by Luke Wilkshire on the hour saw Sydney leap frog the home side to take the summit, ending coach Warren Joyce's four-game winning start at City. Mauk admitted losing Cahill was unsettling. "You're playing all week to do certain things and when a player like Timmy goes down it disrupts the team," he told Fox Sports. "But in saying that we had a great player coming on in Marcin (Budziński). I'm not going to use that as an excuse. We lost and it happens to every team." Cahill was taken to hospital for scans but before that he rallied the team at half time telling them "to keep going, fighting and doing everything to keep a clean sheet," Mauk said. "So he was in good spirits - I don't think it's too serious, I hope not. I guess we've just got to focus on next week." The 22-year-old midfielder said the outcome was an improvement on the last time the two teams met - City going down 2-0 in the FFA Cup - but he was far from satisfied. "Last time we were disappointing," he said. "We've been pretty good the last four games. I think tonight we probably weren't good enough on the ball. "Defensively I thought we were pretty good and beside their goal I didn't think they really had a chance and they're the champions - that was good in terms of that - but I think we need to be much better on the ball to create chances." https://www.fourfourtwo.com.au/news/cahill-injury-no-excuse-says-mauk-476869
  9. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    Very interesting. It’s the first time McCormack and Cahill have played together I think. To be honest, in possession we haven’t been moving the ball through the centre of the pitch too well, so I’m pretty interested too see how we do with 442 with Cahill and McCormack up front, and team using the wide areas with Kamau and Fitzy.
  10. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    My prediction for the starting XI: Kamau McCormack Fitzgerald Budzinski Mauk Brattan Jakobsen La Rocca Schenkeveld Muscat Galekovic Pretty confident with that (the midfield is similar to the derby midfield). One or two surprises could be Jamieson being fit enough to start (then Jamo in, Jako to mid and Marcin to the bench), or Joyce making a defensive move, like keeping Jakobsen in midfield, and bringing Tongyik into the defence (and probably shuffling the back 4). For the record, I personally would be happy to see Kilkenny play. But based on the 4 selections so far, where the players with the most minutes have played again and again, I'm tipping Joyce to select a team like this.
  11. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Joe Montemurro reportedly has become the head coach of Arsenal's women's team:
  12. RD 5 V Sydney 3/11 AAMI PARK KO 7:50

    As far as i'm concerned, the more football the better. And at AAMI Park as well; no better place to watch any of Melbourne City's teams. I'm looking forward to a good full day of football.
  13. I just checked the records to make sure I'm not going batty: HOME 2-1 W (AAMI) 1-0 W (Morwell) 1-1 D (AAMI) 1-1 D (AAMI) 0-1 L (AAMI) [Aloisi] 2-2 D (AAMI) AWAY 2-2 D 0-2 L 1-3 L 2-3 L 0-1 L 0-5 w Alright our actual number of wins was lower than I thought. But still, we did only lose 1 game at AAMI during the Heart days, and it was Aloisi's last game. And we lost 4 games away to Wellington (66.666%), so comparatively we were significantly better at AAMI than away againt the Nix. However it is true that it is only in the City days that we have started actually winning consistently against the Nix at home, and I'm happy to see that our record against them has only been getting better over time.
  14. Ross McCormack

    McCormack open to A-League stay Ben McKay 23/10/2017 Melbourne City's match-winner Ross McCormack says he's open to staying on in the A-League beyond his short-term contract. The Scottish international, in Australia from English Championship club Aston Villa as an injury replacement for City skipper Bruno Fornaroli, scored the only goal in Saturday's win over Wellington Phoenix. "It's no secret it's not worked out (at Aston Villa). We'll see if there's anything that can be done - if I can stay here or I can go somewhere else on loan to play some more games or leave permanently," he said. https://au.sports.yahoo.com/football/a/37577417/mccormack-open-to-a-league-stay/