Why Melbourne City will win the A-League

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Making a case for why Melbourne City will win the A-League is the easiest job in football. It may be harder to argue why cellar dwellers Melbourne Victory will not be the 2020-21 champions, such has been the incredible journey for City this year.

Patrick Kisnorbo has created a process-driven winning culture this season, one that has delivered them an elusive A-League premiership. However, the job is not done and Kisnorbo and his men have bigger fish to fry in becoming A-League champions.

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It’s easy to say their final third is what will allow them to win the A-League, but it’s more than that this season, especially with star striker Jamie Maclaren gone for finals.

Their consistency is incredibly underrated, and that is what finals are all about. All of the facets of City’s game style have become incredibly consistent under Kisnorbo’s system and they appear to be playing a brand that can stand up when the pressure gets going.

Granted City lost some momentum after taking the premiership title through a combination of resting players, missing others and some inexperience in the line up, but with the players available to play finals, City have a list capable of working together to produce the football we saw from them during the year.

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And that football was far beyond anything we saw from other teams.

That means not only do City have a high floor of performance through their demonstrated consistency, but their ceiling is also ridiculously high, as evidenced by outscoring the next best team by 18 goals in the season.

Furthermore, on top of their incredible success as a team, individually many are shining brightly. Andrew Nabbout and Craig Noone will both play finals and have been remarkable in the final third for City, while Metcalfe has shown not only will he be a talent in the future, but he is a force to be reckoned with now.

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Scott Galloway and Jameison have had fantastic seasons, defending well and pushing up to produce scoring chances. Curtis Good is another who has been as solid as a rock down in City’s backline.

In fact, you are hard pressed to find a City player who has not had close to a career best year. Everyone getting better together, that is what makes a champion team.

City also have one more trick up their sleeve, a rocket ready to fire from Kisnorbo.

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The high standards he drives from his players have been no secret this year and their poor finish to the year will leave Kisnorbo wanting more than ever from his team.

They will be out to make a statement in the finals, and quite frankly, the football community will be stunned if they do not.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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Seb Mottram
Sports nut studying Media comms and Marketing at Monash.

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