You’re free to copy our game says Joe Montemurro

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Melbourne City W-League coach Joe Montemurro says he has no issues with opposition teams copying their game plan after their record breaking perfect season and W-League Grand Final victory.

Montemurro had a magnanimous outlook on what his team had shown the competition, saying he encourages teams to attempt to replicate their achievements.

“Elite footballers male or female deserve the treatment they’ve been getting at Melbourne City. I don’t understand why there’s this idea of ‘getting up to their level’,” said Montemurro.

“We believe female and male footballers deserve professional environments. These are our standards and I’m not here to comment on what they should do or what they need to do.

“We believe we’re doing the right things and what elite athletes deserve so if people want to come watch us train and see what we do and copy us, more than happy to.

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“We just do what we do as a professional outfit and professional organisation to give elite athletes everything they desire.”

Montemurro was adamant his team were going to be strongly chased next season after their super season.

City had not dropped points all season with 15 wins in a row to make it to the Grand Final, only conceding five goals for the whole campaign.

“We are going to be the hunted, the standards come from attitude, come from the little things we demand from elite footballers,” he said.

“It’s not about money, it’s not about resources, it’s about creating standards and creating environments where athletes strive to be the best and that’s what we’ve done well.

“It’s not an amazing thing that clubs cannot achieve, they can achieve it if they want to.”

The 4-1 score line wasn’t a true reflection of a hard earned win by Melbourne City with Sydney starting off more promisingly.

City went 2-0 up but with 20 minutes remaining conceded a contentious penalty and had a goal pulled back. It was through hitting the Sky Blues on the counter-attack after resisting their press where they pounced on Sydney.

“In the first ten minutes, we couldn’t find our shape, we struggled to find any rhythm, once we did that, and started to play, we made some errors which I hadn’t seen this year,” Montemurro said.

“I think that was more because of the mental state with nerves, and then after that I think we found some rhythm and we started to play our game.

“I think we’ve got quality all over the park in regards to A-Grade players that can play finals football but more importantly with our structure and balance.”

The W-League Premiership was also important for Melbourne City as a business according to Montemurro. Formerly Melbourne Heart before being bought by English giant Manchester City, Melbourne City now have both men and women developing in their club.

“(This) breaks the shackles of what the organisation was, previous to the City group, immensely proud from a personal and work point of view,” he said.

“It hasn’t sunk in, you’ve got one of the best players in the world (Kim Little) next to me and to be honest the wins and losses and goals for and against, we train for it and worked for it every day and it happened (the title win).”

The Grand Final at AAMI Park was the second highest attendance for a Westfield W-League Grand Final with 4602.

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Clement Tito
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.