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  1. One point I would like to add. Rado has done what very few football coaches and managers would do - step forward and say that he doesn't feel up to the job. I think that shows what a gentleman he is, and we should respect him for that.
    13 points
  2. See I told you he was coming, he was just stuck in transit.
    11 points
  3. I feel that it will definitively tell us where the team is at.
    10 points
  4. Our German/Turkish Aaron Mooy. What an absolute pleasure it is watching this guy. His vision is second to none in this league. He knows exactly where his team mates are around him before we even do. Deserved goal last night and player of the match. Hope he stays injury free and can continue to build on his performances.
    10 points
  5. Leckie is such different quality to anyone in the park this season.
    10 points
  6. I don't think it was a name that was ever on my list....
    9 points
  7. I don't care what anyone says. There is something fundamentally wrong at the club and has been since before the end of last season.
    9 points
  8. Big man’s decided to hang up his boots. Loved his time at the club. Double winner 🫶
    9 points
  9. The real winner here is the manager of Jakolis. The story of him finding out he is a long lost Aussie and wants to play for Socceroos in Asian cup and getting him to the most well resourced club in the country. For him to resemble a potato, he must be outstanding at his job
    9 points
  10. Aziz Behich confirmed this morning.
    9 points
  11. Lovely to see one of our own return towards the end of a great career. This does feel like a bit of genuine heritage.
    9 points
  12. Slightly off topic but had to come on for a vent.. this league is just proving how dead in the ass it is and how the league clearly is against fans and active support.. There were a group of kids. Yes that's right kids probably 6-8 years of age throwing red, white and blue balloons around near the active. Security just came in and told them to stop. Took the balloons and popped them all whist the other 2 security guards stood there laughing. I swear there is an agenda to completely kill this league off. It has been dead for a few seasons now but seeing this tonight just made me go wow.. what has this league come too?? When they should be encouraging fans to come, especially kids to games and you get in trouble for having a couple of fucking balloons.. I went to my first ever NBL game a few weeks ago.. it was loud.. they were handing out hand clappers and continually encouraging the whole crowd to make noise and in particular when the other team had the ball. The atmosphere was incredible and it made me look around going "wow the NBL knows how to put on a show" meanwhile the league is on it's knees, has security guards litteraly patrolling all areas and if you dare let out a fart you'll be kicked out.. end of my rant but I'm just getting fed up to be honest!
    8 points
  13. Fotmob has some interesting stat's for this season for City players. Jmac is third on expected goals at 11.2 and exp goals on target he leads at 13.7. However he also leads by a long shot on Chances missed at 16. Interestingly, Caputo leads the league on xG per 90 mins and expected assists per 90 mins and secobd on shots on target per 90. Jakolis is actually 3rd on expected Assists. Caputo is third on successful tackles per 90 as well. Reis is equal second on penalties conceded. Young is third with clean sheets. Good is second on accurate passes at 69% and Souprayen fifth at 66%. Simple conclusion is that it's Maclaren's poor season that has condemned us this year, that and the refusal to sub him with Caputo or try something different say like Leckie up front
    8 points
  14. Call a vote? Step down? Spare me the heroics. The amount of time you dedicate to this forum; fk me i wouldn't be so cruel to even try and take that away from you. This forum will miss you way more than it would me if it ever got to that. Yes, we get you're foundation and you go to all the matches and all that.. and yes a forum is a place for opinions... .. but that also gives me the right to question when i think your opinions are no longer objective and now purely driven on some long standing disillusionment with the club. To the point where reading your posts (and there are many) has become quite depressing for me. ..and that's the point of my rant. The 1st home ACL game against the Japanese side - shocking. The CCM GF - extremely disappointing capitulation. The Adelaide game last week - totally disgusting. Pre-season games - couldn't care less. Club's reaction to 1st games - refreshingly swift and warranted. Last night's game: was it perfect - of course not. Was there improvement - absolutely in both attitude, intensity and game style. From the start it was obvious ugarkovic in particular was driving forward more. Calling out Good's miss - yeah maybe but ffs he started that play and 7f he had scored, would've been goal of the year. Was amazing. And a nice thing too was seeing the players engage with the fans again after the match. My son even took picks with the players which is something that hasn't happened in ages. So just some objectivity please.. because one thing last night wasn't is shocking and voting for the sake of picking the least shit player is bullshit talk - and I'll call that out.
    8 points
  15. Well, it was a very pleasant afternoon of football that reminded me of the pleasures of football in bygone years. A small lunch, making our way to the ground as a couple of friends should, settling in to our seats, chocolate biscuits at half-time, and home again for tea. An idyllic Sunday afternoon at a small suburban ground basking in the chilly afternoon sunshine, a stadium that made me think that perhaps we could pay a little more attention to basic facilities such as main exit gates that could open at the conclusion of the match instead of keeping the crowd for 15 minutes penned behind fencing more suitable for Guantanamo Bay. And perhaps a public address system, although the silence was better for the ears than the incessant babbling at 100dB to be endured at AAMI Park. The match started as a Sunday afternoon match should, Curtis Good forgetting that he was not out for a leisurely stroll with his dog but playing a match in a competition the winner of which will play in the Asian Football Federation Cup next season. From the resulting corner Oakleigh were 1-0 up after just 32 seconds. Inability to get the ball away from set-pieces threatening the City goal was going to be a feature of the afternoon. Oakleigh defended well, broke quickly, and had the City defence in all sorts of bother all match. The centre pairing of Good and Reis looked in trouble for pace, but Hall and Talbot stood up well, the latter a continual threat down the left flank and getting plenty of rough handling, but seemingly the referee had jammed the zip on his yellow card back pocket. City gradually took control in midfield where Arslan stood out as did Jakolis on the right wing, but failed to really create a goal-scoring opportunity. Max Caputo was introduced for the second half and began to make his presence felt by the Oakleigh defence. An unmissable hand-ball in the area was a gift for City, and Arslan put the resulting penalty away neatly. The midfield was working hard but again the goal-scoring opportunities were not being created and eight minutes later Jamie Young and the City defence made a complete hash of a corner and Oakleigh were deservedly ahead again and City were staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat until another hand-ball in the box gave them a lifeline with a second penalty. After mind-games from the Oakleigh goalkeeper, only ended when a wet sponge from the Oakleigh trainer cured what seemed at first to be a career-ending leg injury, an unfazed Arslan put the penalty away even more emphatically than his first. With just seconds remaining in time-added, Terry Antonis finally found space on the left and crossed beautifully for Alessandro Lopane to put the ball into the roof of the net for City's winning goal. Daylight robbery if ever we were to see it. All that said, my take on the match: - Oakleigh did themselves proud; - Jamie Young is not the answer in goal; - Our defence needs stiffening because we could not deal properly with any dead-ball situation threatening our goal; - Our new recruits are solid, but we have to solve this problem of sterile possession and failure to create good goal-scoring opportunities; - It's polite to say that JMac was invisible during the first half. Caputo was more visible in the second, but no-one's going to score if we can't set up the ball properly for them. - Mathew Leckie doesn't have the close control necessary when the opposition plays a close-press game. Plenty of work for Vidosic to do before the next round, scheduled for 27-30 August. Quarter-Finals 16-17 September. If we make the QF how we're going to play then when our first ACL match 18-20 September is going to be a challenge!
    8 points
  16. Pass backwards. Always play backwards. No matter what
    7 points
  17. 7 points
  18. Sneaky edit in there 👀
    7 points
  19. Did Jmac bang your missus or something? Is the greatest Aleague goal scorer ever not good enough for you?
    7 points
  20. The history of the A-League shows that club go through cycles - even MVC & SFC have fallen. This is a design feature (salary cap, squad size). The one variable the clubs can control is the coaching and scouting. And ultimately even successful coaches will go through a down period and it is time for them to go. Where City have let themselves down was in selecting coaches (no easy task) and getting the local scout network working properly. Another point would be that the fans have no idea why some players are seen as project players (Talbot) but others are not (Raphael/Cola). Is Vidmar a permanent coach in waiting? An improvement on Rado but I still can't see his man management working. The ACL forces players to be rested if the club is to succeed in both competitions, and he did not do that. Secondly, I still have no idea what Lopane is offering vs Raphael or Mezzio for that matter.
    7 points
  21. I'm going to get ready to duck for cover here, but Berisha is the best striker the league has seen. He did everything, and so many times put his team in his back and carried them. Maclaren is probably the best goal poacher the league has seen and works extremely well in the system that he has been deployed in and Bruno could be the most talented of the 3 and has the highlight reel but has also been shipped out of 2 clubs pretty swiftly. I'd say those 3 are pretty clear above everyone else
    7 points
  22. Coaching/managing requires thinking and evolution. For me he has never shown either of those qualities. Did he do well? Yes he did but as has been pointed out he inherited the team from Mombaerts. Just about anyone would have had the success that he did. In France he was found out. PK was better than Rado in that he was hard enough to push the players but Rado, intentionally or not, allowed the players to be more creative. With Vidmar is too early to tell and he has inherited a brand new team with players that are rapidly ageing at the back, and inconsistent from the middle onwards. What would PK bring to the club? Not much in my opinion.
    7 points
  23. 7 points
  24. If it ends with another "pissant town" level press conference I'll be satisfied.
    7 points
  25. Hmm Just looking at Vidmar's record with Melbourne City so far. We haven't won a game under him so far which is very, very poor. I expect a significant improvement from the team or 2 weeks from now the knives will be out again. The Stig
    7 points
  26. Reasons he should be our new coach: -undefeated record -makes subs whenever he wants (fuck you I'll sub our best player off at half time, just try and stop me) -has big balls -beard game strong -would easily beat any other coach in the world in a fight - buff as fuck (benches 150kgs plus) All hail our new leader
    7 points
  27. It's rare that there is only one party at fault in situations like we had with Bruno, but nevertheless it should never have got out of hand the way it did, and I feel that our club senior management should have found a better way to resolve it than they did. Bruno was a fantastic player for us and such a fan favourite.
    7 points
  28. WHY DOESN'T MINE LOOK LIKE THAT?! Credit: @james_r_mcgarth on twitter
    7 points
  29. I think it’s no coincidence that now we are out (nobody cares about the 3rd place playoff), the negative reporting of football culture is the focus of the media. You go back and look at all the reports of support for our previous matches and you will find many photos of flares being ripped and not one of them will mention any concern about fan behaviour. Just back to regular programming now I’m afraid. I try to ignore it. The best thing we can do is capitalise on the wave of excitement and bring new people to the A-Leagues. I’ve already got a family of five keen to come to a game.
    7 points
  30. Two incidents in my life does not give me great optimism: me selling car radios (as a hi-fi enthusiast) and hearing "I don't care what it sounds like, as long as it looks good" & second being at a professional wine tasting (as a budding alcoholic) and me getting a bollocking from another drunk after tipping a disgusting wine down the sink which was also the most expensive wine on the night only to find out a few minutes later that the wine was so poor that the marketing guy recommended to get a designer label and charge like a wounded bull so that most people thought that the price meant it was good. I feel the same way about people who watch European football, they get told that it is the best and how expensive it really is so they assume that it must be good. But have an in-depth talk about football tactics, team cohesion, what each player brings to the team and sports psychology and watch them run away.
    6 points
  31. Got to make more use of Caputo. He's that taller CF type. Almost got a goal if that header was directed down. And had a good assist to Mazzeo a week ago. He won't get better sitting on the pine each week
    6 points
  32. Can't say I am the biggest fan of him purely because of his antics when he first started for us but he has since stopped that and has become one of our most influential players and that player is Jakolis. We are really missing him out there tonight!
    6 points
  33. Aurelio is growing on me. Watched a few of his presses and impressed me with his honesty and knowledge and his willingness to give players praise and also a kick when they deserve it. Also seen a couple of his pre game addresses to the players and they do give you a sense of him geeing up the players. I reckon his half time address on Sunday would have seen some players cop an earful. Also like that he's not micromanaging the game but also says a bit during the game. I'm thinking he's the middle ground between Rado who was too laid back and PK who was too intense
    6 points
  34. IMO it started well. You will recall the squad went to England and played three pre-season matches there. The changeroom at Bundoora was modelled on the one in Manchester. The scouting seemed to be a lot better and players came to us via a medical assessment in Manchester. We had City Voice, points we could redeem for attendances at matches, and so on. We seemed to be building. But it seems to me to have fallen away badly - ironically that's when the Premierships and Championship have been won!! But personally I feel somehow "disinfected," that I'm a "customer" fed a "product" now, rather than a football fan going to watch my club, my team.
    6 points
  35. 6 points
  36. Couldn't agree more. He has a decent touch on the ball and a bit of pace, but his decision making is horrible. Yesterday he had a golden opportunity to cross the ball into the box and instead of doing that, dribbled the ball all the way up to the keeper, then ran out of bounds. Watching the replay of the game, we definitely have the quality. It's not a question of talent, but can rado get this team to gel? We showed flashes of what we could do, and a healthy leckie with aslan will be beautiful to watch. We've also had a large turnover of players this off-season, so I'm happy to give us the first month or two to see what rado can do. I would still say that this team needs an injection of youth. We look old as fuck out there (especially our cb pairning) do we not have at least one youth player who we could give a start to?
    6 points
  37. I reckon this is crap JW. Feels to me like you're at a point with this club that even if we won 10-1 tonight, you'd still find criticism. Wasn't the best display but f me it was panels better than that awful ACL night and i for one can see improvement.
    6 points
  38. Especially in the A-League where the squads are small, and the need to try minimise injuries to the best 11 players is a big concern! Also you can't develop many of the fringe players when they never get on the pitch...
    6 points
  39. Good to see Caputo scoring. I really rate the kid, I hope he can become a consistent starter as the year goes on.
    6 points
  40. Its a pre season game, I dont see the point of sweating stuff like this. If we're four games into the ALM season and have only scored 1 goal, then its time to ring the alarm bells.
    6 points
  41. The game will probably be played in Sydney😂
    6 points
  42. I have just finished watching KVC Westerlo vs SC Herenveen and Westerlo vs PAOK Sagonika on YouTube. Bos is getting full game time and does not look out of place. Very physical games but he holds his own. His internal competition is a 20 year old Tuur Romens who last season was captain of Young Gent. Interestingly enough against Herenveen the opposition did not foray down the left flank very often as Bos just owned the turf.
    6 points
  43. Disagree. I think its more insulting to give him some sort of charity minutes when we are chasing the game in a final. Would fly against every thing that champion has stood for in his time at the club.
    6 points
  44. Glover man of the match already
    6 points
  45. They're force feeding him. He'll soon be foie gras.
    6 points
  46. We are like the distant cousin that lives interstate that you just never see. Maybe catch up once in 5-10 years or at funerals...
    6 points
  47. That was such a great way to end the season!! Most wins in club history with 16 Largest goal difference of +29 Largest winning margin over second place with 11 points gap. Most points accumulated in our history with 55 and importantly beating Victorys effort of 53 points . Last but certainly not least we got to witness a 3rd consecutive premier plate being lifted! C'mon City!!
    6 points
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