W-League: City on verge of historic three-peat

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Melbourne City are on the verge of a record three-peat if they can beat Sydney FC in weekend’s W-League grand final.

The competitions two-time defending champions kept up their reputation of being finals football specialists after knocking off premiers Brisbane Roar to book their ticket in this seasons showpiece on Sunday.

It’s the second season in a row that City have defeated the competition’s top ranked side from fourth position in semi finals football.

City became the first team to go back-to-back and can now extend that record and cement themselves as the competition’s greatest ever side.

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Speaking post-match Melbourne City head coach Patrick Kisnorbo said his side thrives in these high pressure matches.

“Today was a good result, I think the girls deserve a lot of credit.”

“They’ve been working hard all week, all season for games like this and today and today it came to fruition, I thought the girls were outstanding for 90 minutes.”

Standing between City and that record is Sydney FC who also have the opportunity to claim a third W-League crown with a win at Allianz Stadium next Sunday.

Kisnorbo said his side would not approach Sunday’s final differently to any other match.

“At the end of the day it’s just another 90 minutes as soon as we walk out here we’re recovering and getting ready for the next game

“We need to prepare for Sydney who we know have had a great run this year but we have confidence going into this game, its 90 minutes that’s left and we’ll just prepare for that.”

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With the opportunity to build a dynasty on the line Kisnorbo said the tight-knit nature of his group was a major contributing factor to their success.

“We’ve got a special group, I wouldn’t have it any other way, this group of girls, they’re friends on the pitch but also off the pitch, they always spend time together and work together, they trust each other and they believe in their abilities.”

“When you get that mixture it comes to fruition on the pitch, we haven’t done anything yet but we have a special group and a special bond that we wanted at our club and that’s all credit to the girls.”

“We have a great group we have a rapport to work with, the girls are winners on and off the pitch and their desire to be the best is fantastic.”

Melbourne City face Sydney FC in next Sunday’s grand final at Allianz stadium.

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Thibault Berthier
Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.