Every game now a final for Galekovic

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Wherever Melbourne City finish on the ladder, goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic says the team will treat every game like a final.

City and Adelaide United produced an entertaining goalless draw with a finals-like intensity in front of 7,720 at AAMI Park.

With two rounds to go it is possible these sides could meet again – either at Hindmarsh Stadium or AAMI Park – in the Finals Series.

Former Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic was in superb form, his most impressive save coming in the 86th minute when he kept Craig Goodwin’s set-piece out.

The City shot-stopper has plenty of experience in the big occasions and says his side will look to replicate the same intensity in their remaining matches.

“From now on we treat every game like a final,” he said.

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“Our next couple of games are like finals so this was really important as is next week against Wellington [who are] on the same amount of points.

“The chemistry is definitely coming together internally but we’ve never actually spoken about finals to be honest.

“I’m not sure if we’ve even cemented out spot yet but every game is important and we’ll treat it all the same to get there.”

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A win would have City mathematically safe inside the top six, albeit a loss for the Newcastle Jets against Perth Glory will ensure this.

Joyce shared this sentiment – agreeing the side must continue the momentum shown over the 90 minutes against Adelaide.

City sit one point off fourth – which would ensure them a home final – but Joyce believes the team is capable of causing damage regardless of where they play.

“It doesn’t concern me [having a home final],” he said.

“All we’re looking to do is win next week and it’s a game of football and one you have to win.

“Every team has something to play for now, no one wants to give up a chance to miss out on the finals so.”

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City travel to New Zealand to face the Wellington Phoenix in another elimination final preview which will have large ramifications on where both sides finish at the end of the season.

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