Melbourne City set the W-League benchmark

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Three-time W-League winners Melbourne City staked their claim for the competition favourites tag following their win over Sydney FC.

After a poor campaign last season, City have improved dramatically and are tipped for a fourth league title at the end of the season.

The match was built as a potential grand final preview – and it was the visitors who showed their title credentials.

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Rado Vidosic’s side put in a thoroughly professional performance against the Sky Blues.

He said he did not put more emphasis on this match than any other but admitted they had to be prepared.

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“They really put us under pressure,” he said.

“We practised playing against the pressure and we dealt with it.

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“It is something we can still improve on in the future.”

Melbourne are now considered as the best side in the competition following the win over the defending champions.

The former Brisbane Roar A-League assistant coach said his team performed better in key areas on the day.

“When playing away against the champions you need to perform well,” he said.

“At the end of the day I think we performed a little bit better than them.”

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The question will be whether they can back up this performance.

Sydney FC coach Ante Juric said City would be tough this season due to their talented squad.

“City are jammed packed with internationals and foreigners who are superb players,” he said.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game but we were not at our best today.”

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It is a struggle to find a weak link in the City lineup with most positions in the team occupied by current or former internationals.

After a relatively dominate performance over a top-quality Sydney side – it is hard to see anyone catching them.

They face Melbourne Victory on Thursday and a win will only raise expectations.

Feature image credit: Melbourne City

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Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.