Van’t Schip disappointed but not panicking

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Melbourne City’s winning start to the 2016/17 A-League season came to an end on Friday night after a 3-2 loss to Perth Glory.

City looked sluggish, particularly in the first half, and manager John van’t Schip believes they were lacking intent.

“The performance was not good… we lost the ball too early.”

“We couldn’t start playing the way we wanted to start playing.

“[We were] too sloppy”

A philosophical van’t Schip attempted to put the result into some context, however fans of the light blue side of Melbourne will be looking for more than just words after their star-studded side failed to inspire.

Captain Bruno Fornaroli was not his usual, world class self; slipping numerous times throughout the night and missing targets he would usually hit with his eyes closed.

After last week’s extraordinary goal from long-range, Socceroos legend Tim Cahill struggled to get into the game. There were moments of class but the striker was ultimately subbed in the later stages of the game.

The early substitution of Bruce Kamau due to concussion did not help City’s chances. The new recruit from Adelaide United has been instrumental in City’s two victories this season and his electric intensity and pace was missed.

Van’t Schip conceded his players may have been overconfident after their 4-1 thumping of Melbourne Victory last week.

“If it is not there, and you don’t know why, even if they want it, it’s not there, then the performance immediately drops.”

However the City manager was quick to defend the surprise selection of goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis over Danish star Thomas Sorensen, after the Australian made a costly error resulting in Glory’s match-winner in the dying stages.

“[There is] competition for every position. Dean had a very good preseason [and] performed well [against Wellington and again in the Derby].

“That’s why he was picked.”

City also conceded two goals from freekicks, but that’s not going to change van’t Schip’s approach to next Friday night’s clash with Adelaide United.

“No, not at all,” the City manager stated definitively.

“The way we want to play is very clear.

 If we want to play this way, we have to make sure we do certain things stronger.”

The loss sees Melbourne City slip to third on the A-League table while Perth Glory sit at the top of the ladder on seven points. Melbourne City host Adelaide United next Friday Night at AAMI Park.

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Adrian Johnsonhttps://thefootballsack.com.au
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