Why City are dark horses for the title

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Bruno Fornaroli was one of the key players during Melbourne City’s 2-0 win in the elimination final against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.

City dismantled a second-rate Roar side and the display of Fornaroli is proving to be a dangerous prospect for opposition teams in the rest of the finals series. He’s gotten back to his best work after that lengthy injury lay off that has made him miss most of this A-League season.

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The Uruguayan’s form leading into the elimination final was impressive – he scored in each of City’s last four matches to end the home-and-away season and a reminder as to why he won the 2015-16 golden boot.

One thing that has changed since Fornaroli has returned is the emergence of youngster Daniel Arzani. On numerous occasions in the elimination final you’d see the pair link up with one-two passes from close range in the box that almost led to goals.

Fornaroli showed an unselfish side to his game and at the same time, would’ve got City fans excited if Arzani could finish the chances that were provided for him. Nevertheless, it’s something that’s very damaging if they can get that final execution right.

The work rate of Fornaroli was also on show, reaping the rewards of increasing his match fitness. He was the catalyst behind the opening goal as his pressure forced Jack Hingert into a costly turnover that Fornaroli pounced on and allowed him to deliver a delightful assist for Stefan Mauk.

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City head coach Warren Joyce is pleased that Fornaroli has worked hard in his recovery to be right to go at the pointy end of the season.

“To be fair at Christmas I still didn’t think he was anywhere near ready come the end of the window,” Joyce said.

“We’ve made the decision to try and get him fit by playing games as well and give him opportunities to get to matches like tonight.

“Marcin Budzinski was a bit unlucky to be left out but it gives Bruno a chance to get himself fit so it was a gamble at the time to do that.”

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Liam Watson
Liam Watson
Intern for Melbourne Victory and Media and Communications student at La Trobe University.

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