Is the pressure back on Melbourne City after failing to defeat yet another top-four side? 

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The defending A-League Men champions will host Adelaide United at home on Sunday with their semi-final tie poised at 0-0 aggregate, yet the pressure seems to be back on the premiers Melbourne City. 

“The pressure is still on them (Melbourne City) as they still haven’t beaten a top-four side,” said Adelaide United head coach, Carl Veart. 

“So, we will go to Melbourne full of confidence.” 

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Usually, a defending champion and premiership-winning team will go into a home semi-final with all the confidence in the world. 

Yet there is a cloud that hangs over Melbourne City’s championship credentials. 

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City are yet to defeat a top-four side this campaign after 10 attempts. 

Six draws and four losses highlight their attempts against the best A-League Men teams this season in Melbourne Victory, Western United and Adelaide United. 

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Yet City’s head coach Patrick Kisnorbo scoffed at any criticism towards his team’s statistics against the top four. 

“It’s a funny one,’ Kisnorbo said. 

“You say it like it’s a negative, but when you look at it, we were consistently the best team over 26 games.” 

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However, there is one key factor that Kisnorbo is missing, and that’s the fact that you must go through a top four side to win the A-League Men’s championship. 

But Kisnorbo “could not care” about the statistics that are stacking up against his side.  

“I don’t like it when people say that (City haven’t defeated a top four side) because I think it’s disrespectful to the team,” said Kisnorbo. 

“We are the second ever team to win back to back premierships. 

“Teams need to get credited with achievements, so I couldn’t even care about not defeating a top-four side.”  

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Meanwhile United can take plenty of positives away from their 0-0 draw, and head into their do-or-die semi-final clash full of confidence. 

“We won there (AAMI Park) earlier in the season. So, we’ve got good belief in ourselves and what we are doing,” said Veart.  

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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