Melbourne City one step closer to becoming ‘unstoppable’

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It only took three minutes for Melbourne City’s annihilation of Macarthur to begin. Thomas Lam easily played a long ball forward which Mathew Leckie effortlessly backheeled to Jamie Maclaren who calmly placed it in the bottom right corner. After that, Melbourne City were in total control for the remainder of the 90 minutes.

But it was not the Maclaren show as it historically has been, it was the Dutchman, Richard van der Venne, who was running the show. The 30-year-old was able to get his first hat-trick in City colours, all the while providing some valuable passing into the final third.

Van der Venne also controlled the left half space when in possession by linking up with Mathew Leckie and Jordan Bos, which head coach Rado Vidosic was eager to praise him for.

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“The way he combines with Leckie and the way he combines with Bos, it’s just been unbelievable,” Vidosic said.

“Those three on the left-hand side with that combination play to bring the ball into the penalty box, they have really done extremely well.

“Then for Richard [van der Venne] to score goals. He’s starting to make an impact from goal scoring and from creating chances.”

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This performance looked like some of the showings that were seen in the 2020/21 season, which of course was the year they won the club’s first-ever championship. With a club that has ambitions as high as Melbourne City’s, these performances need to be a regular occurrence rather than once in a blue moon.

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Perhaps that is why after three consecutive draws Melbourne City came out firing. Vidosic noted in the post-game press conference that inside the club they want to lift their standards and not become complacent.

“Right now, we talk about being unstoppable,” he said.

“So, ‘what can we do to be unstoppable? How does that look?’ So this was a good example of how that looks.

“Can we continue with that? Can we take it to the next level? We’ll find out next week, but this week was really, really pleasing and I think everybody’s going to have a good Sunday off, spending it with their families.”

Macarthur head coach, Mile Sterjovski, who recently took over Dwight Yorke’s duties, could only praise Melbourne City’s performance.

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“We were outclassed, outmuscled. I think Melbourne City showed a lot of desire and they had a lot of quality. It’s a good lesson to learn coming into coaching,” said Sterjovski.

“During the week I thought we did prepare pretty well for the game. But City was just too good today. They were on. And when they’re on, they’re very dangerous.”

Looking ahead for Melbourne City they have a difficult away trip to Macedonia Park in Perth, which Glory have turned into a fortress, having not lost a game there yet this season.

Vidosic will be hoping that his squad will be able to carry the momentum from this game to try and take a wrecking ball to the fortress.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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