Melbourne lockdown just what City needs

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has placed Victoria under a five-day lockdown and the break has come at the perfect time for Melbourne City.

City has been one of the few W-League teams this season to have gone without a bye, with their season heavily disrupted from the opening round.

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The lack of byes available for City has been a factor contributing to their poor start, according to coach Rado Vidošić.

“We were affected,” he said.

“We needed one bye early so some of our players could get two weeks of training session.”

Even with the never-ending effects of coronavirus on the season and their side. City’s match performance has also contributed to their low standing on the table.

They sit seventh on the table with four games left in the season.

As a club with a rich history in the W-League, City finds itself in the unusual position of hoping for results to go their way to make the finals.

Vidošić admitted the side was in trouble and would need other matches to go their way if they want to make the finals.

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“We are in trouble; we’ve been in trouble for a long time now,” he said.

“Not sure how many points we need and how many points need to go our way.

“Last year was probably much more kind to us, this year has not been kind, but it’s no one’s fault. It’s just the way it is.”

For City, however, this break comes at a great time with most of their side back to full fitness and back from suspension. It finally allows Vidošić to put a full-strength side out to achieve his side’s tactics.

The forced break for City allows Harriet Withers to recuperate after injuring her ankle in training leading up to the postponed Newcastle Jets game.

For City, if they fail to make the finals, it will not be so surprising after going from one of the best W-League sides of all time to a relatively young side the next.

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