What does it mean to be Melbourne Heart-y?

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A club with the world at its feet constantly falling at the most important hurdle and allowing its identity to be dominated by failure and unrealised potential.

Big games have come and gone for Melbourne City.

Whether it’s been an opportunity to claim top spot, play off for silverware or in a Melbourne derby, the results are all too familiar for fans and stakeholders who feel stuck in the best online casino sites without a win.

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Until now.

The sound of the final whistle last Wednesday did not release this stigma which haunts the club but gives City the best opportunity to do so this Sunday.

From a new style – on and off the field – inspired by head coach Erick Mombaerts to a passionate post-match interview from goalkeeper Tom Glover after a stand-out performance, personifies a new Melbourne City – one not prepared to let its past determine its future.

“We ignore it. The past is the past and it showed last night,” Glover said.

“We could’ve crumbled and sunk but we didn’t. We don’t listen to any of that stuff, we’re full of confidence heading into Sunday. It’s not always going to be perfect tactics go out the window in these situations.

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“It shows the team has come a long way. Melbourne City teams in the past possibly would have crumbled but it shows the character of the team, we dug in everyone was together and at the end of the day we weathered the storm and that’s what you have to do in those games.”

A Grand Final win would be the ‘icing on the cake’ for City who already sealed its place in the Asian Champions League and recorded its highest ever season finish, in addition to Jamie Maclaren winning his second Golden Boot.

Overcoming Sydney FC would be the perfect coronation for City’s rebirth and banishing the Heart stigma led by Mombaerts in a triumphant-like victory often seen in a casino en ligne en France.

Not only have the Sky Blues dominated the competition for the last three seasons but denied City its best chance of competing for the Premier’s Plate back in December last year, when they recovered a one-nil deficit with ten-men to win the match.

Thankfully, there is hardly any time to reflect on previous outcomes with both sides facing a tight turnaround ahead of the biggest match of the season.

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A win for Sydney FC elevates the club as Australia’s most successful – overtaking Melbourne Victory, Sydney City, South Melbourne and Marconi all of whom have won four championships – while for City, the Championship would give the 2016 FFA Cup company in the cabinet.

It would also cap off a successful season for Glover who staked his claim as City’s number one as well as helping qualify Australia to its first Olympic Games in 12 years.

“At the start of the season it was more of a waiting game I had to wait for my opportunity. Sunday will be the icing on the cake with the Olympics qualification and the season we’ve had,” he said.

“There’ve been ups and downs the last couple of years and it’s a bit of reward for all the hard work for myself and the team.”

Melbourne City and Sydney FC play off in the Grand Final this Sunday 30 August at Bankwest Stadium.

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