City Group investment finally vindicated

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After an 11-year drought, Melbourne City has clinched their first-ever A-league trophy, claiming the premiers plate.

The City group who invested in the club back in 2015 have poured money and resources into one of the biggest clubs in Australian football.

The journey to the title has included six managers, bottom of the table finishes and thumpings by the bigger sides.

However, after a turbulent 11 years, the City group and their fans have got the vindication they wanted and earned.

For Patrick Kisnorbo, this trophy further solidifies his importance to City and its fans, having started at the club two years after its inception.

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“It’s nice … and it’s really for the club to enjoy the moment that you look back at it tomorrow to prepare for the game and all the upcoming games,” Kisnorbo said.

Kisnorbo relished the side’s former coach Erick Mombaerts with praise for starting the style of play that he had seemingly perfected.

“One of the main things is continuity, and that’s what we’ve had since last year and this year, and the more we have of that, the easier,” Kisnorbo said.

“Eric was the one that obviously built our style … it’s great to work with someone of that experience.

“He started a style of play that we want to keep at this football club and it’s not just him, it’s every manager that’s ever been here, we’ve learned something along the way.”

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Kisnorbo revealed he still keeps in regular communication with the former coach, who gives him some of his harshest criticism.

As a side that came second last season and failed to clinch the title against a Sydney FC, there was not a big step required to take to win a trophy.

The attacking-minded play of City has been enhanced by weapons such as Jamie Maclaren, Craig Noone and Andrew Nabbout, who stepped up this season to help the side become premiers.

The arrival of the first A-League trophy is not a surprise to City and their coaching staff, who have worked immensely hard to achieve the feat.

If Kisnorbo can secure the league title, he will be the first coach to have won an A-League and W-League title, having taken City’s W-League squad to the title back in 2018.

For now, City and their fans get to celebrate their hard-fought victory.

“I’m just happy for the club, fans, and all the players that dedicated a lot of time to this happening,” Kisnorbo said.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City

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Pokuah Frimpong
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