Adelaide United and Melbourne City played out one of the all-time classic A-League finals on Sunday yet, it is off-field where most of the questions should be focused.

Two very different sets of questions should be asked of both sides following the end of the elimination final.

The game played out as a mini-summation of a marathon season with Adelaide, the equal third-best defence in the league for goals conceded, managed to produce a stout defensive display while City, the only top-six side without a double-digit leading goal-scorer, failed to take their chances when it mattered.

Melbourne will have questions mount following their exit in the elimination final after making the semi-final last season and Warren Joyce will be at the front of that with his contract still undecided, yet able to be extended, despite Melbourne City regressing on their finals efforts and ladder position from last season.

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“I don’t think it’s the appropriate time to talk about that (Joyce’s contract) …I don’t know not tonight, I think that will come out in due course, I am as raw and disappointed as anyone else,” he said

“Unfortunately, we’ve had two finals, it was tough to take last year thee way it came around and it was tough to take again tonight,” he said.

“If you want to say that’s a regression from last season then you can say that’s a regression in the football club, you can write whatever you want in those things.

“If you think we’ve regressed then write it, but I don’t think we have,” he said.

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Different questions will be asked of Adelaide: as one of the A-League’s form side of the competition, they travel to Perth being undefeated at HBF Park this season with a genuine shot at the grand final, yet, Kurz’s future is already determined to not be at Adelaide next season.

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“After the game it was not easy, I always like to coach here in the stadium and I always be happy to coach the team in Hindmarsh… it was a fantastic goodbye for all of us,” he said.

“A goodbye from Hindmarsh but not a goodbye from the tournament.

“The only chance we had was to win and keep going, that was our clear goal.”

Those questions will come as to how the Adelaide ownership can let Marco Kurz leave given United have now improved on their finals efforts from the 2018/19 season by making the semi-final alongside improving their ladder position and goal difference also this season compared to last.

There is a very real possibility, despite needing to be the A-League’s best side in Perth Glory, Adelaide could be there when it matters and claim two of the three titles on offer this year.

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