Vidosic: We’re going to make Sydney play a different football style

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Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic knows exactly how his side can continue their upward trajectory to beat Sydney FC, and it’s by nullifying the ladder leader’s style of play.

City sit in second place on the ladder, following a slow start to their campaign, before their victory over Adelaide United marked their third in a row.

They have scored a total of 15 goals in their last six games, and their winning streak means more excitement is brewing over at City this week, with a match up against Sydney looming on Saturday.

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Sydney’s concrete first place has not shaken Vidosic the slightest, as he has promptly prepared his team and devised a strategic plan to take on their largest competitors.

“We’re going to try force them into playing a different football style,” he said.

“We’ve identified their strengths and how they use their strengths. We need to nullify them and control those moments when they are very dangerous. If we can do that, then half the job is done.”

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Regardless of the tension between the teams, sportsmanship was highlighted as Vidosic proved to be a coach who could give praise where it was due and acknowledge undeniable talent.

Although he certainly has not forgotten the threat his own team poses in the league, as the side continues to improve each week.

“They [Sydney] are full of top-quality players. They’re young, they’re exciting, they’re mobile. Technically they’re good, tactically they excel, and they are coached by an excellent coach. It’s a great challenge for us,” he said.

“They [Sydney] obviously need to concentrate on our strengths as well. It’s going to be a good game.

“We are a good team, and we can compete against anyone. It’s not about how they have done so far; against us it should be much harder for them.”

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Rhianna Pollicina, who is adapting to playing in a new position, stepped up to score the side’s winning goal against Adelaide last week.

Vidosic was impressed by her improvement and set her a challenge to enter the penalty box more frequently, which will prove dangerous against Sydney.

“She has been a very important player for us,” he said.

“A creative force in our mid-field. I challenged her to score more goals and she is getting rewarded because of her beautiful quality to take people on. She is very composed when she comes into a penalty box.”

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Paloma Darjani
Covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

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