Van’t Schip believes squad has vastly improved

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Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip believes his squad has come a huge way since the start of the 2015-16 A-League season.

City had a rough start to the season, but now Van’t Schip says he sees genuine development with his squad.

“We’re showing progress, we’re getting stronger as a team, we’re getting players back so we have a bit more depth,” Van’t Schip said.

“We’re losing players as well, we had a difficult game last week with changing in the morning of three to four players, but now we have a few players back and I think we’re growing as a team.”

Despite believing his team is progressing the Dutchman maintains the view the Hyundai A-League has progressed as a whole.

“It’s very close, the A-League is showing there is no team really far ahead of the other team at this moment, that’s why all the games are entertaining and good to watch.”

City managed to down Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in a thriller on Saturday night, the Wanderers were 11 games undefeated prior to the game and Van’t Schip believed the match was a catalyst for progress.

“They were really putting us under pressure in the second half, you could see why they had this 11 games unbeaten, clearly a team that knows how to play and they tested us from a very high way,” he said.

“We were struggling, we went up 2-0 I think the first part we played really well, we were organised but I think after 25 minutes we lost a bit of energy in what we were putting.

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“We couldn’t keep the ball that long, and they started getting a bit more of the game, especially with Nichols with the first goal.

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“In the end the mentality and the character of the boys they stayed well and we kept fighting, we had chances with Novillo and Fornaroli.

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“They also had chances as well and Sorensen had a few good saves, but it was great to get the winner in the end Novillo.”

Aaron Mooy, the most scrutinised player in the A-League, made his return after missing out on the last two games due to cracked ribs. Van’t Schip believed the midfielder played a crucial role in setting up the first and final goal.

“With Aaron you could clearly see he was not having the issue of the soreness that he had two games before the game against Sydney,” he said.

“He was still influential in those games but today you could clearly see that it wasn’t bothering him anymore and I think he worked very hard to a great and high level and he’s important for the team.”

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Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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