Vidosic: Tilio ‘ready to go overseas’ after a Messi-esque performance

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After a shock defeat against rivals Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City were eager to get back to their winning ways to further increase their lead at the top of the table. In the absence of Mathew Leckie, who suffered a hamstring injury midweek, it was Marco Tilio who starred and led Melbourne City to victory.

The 21-year-old was electric up and down the right-wing, providing width for his team but also when the situation demanded it, he cut inside on his dominant left foot with lethal consequences.

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Tilio provided a contender for goal of the season when he won the ball in Melbourne City’s own 18-yard box and then preceded to run with the ball the entire length of the pitch and then buried a shot in the top-right corner of Andrew Redmayne’s net.

Speaking in the post-game press conference, Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic was drawing comparisons to goals scored by the greatest player of all time.

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“It was a fantastic goal, from where he started to where he finished it – it was almost like Messi,” said Vidosic.

Just like Messi, Tilio was not just scoring goals but he was setting them up as well. Only 15 minutes after scoring, Tilio was also able to provide a nice cutback pass to Jamie Maclaren, who had two for the night.

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Of course, whenever a young player of Tilio’s quality starts to perform week-in and week-out in the A-League, European transfer talk starts rumbling.

Throughout the season there has been a lot of talk of Melbourne City young guns Jordy Bos and Tilio potentially looking to move overseas after this season. Vidosic gave his tick of approval for Tilio to try and take the next step.

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“I think he’s ready. I think he’s ready to go overseas,” Vidosic said.

“He just doesn’t need to rush into some league or some club where maybe they’re not going to play in a way that suits him.

“But I’m quite sure that wherever he ends up, he is going to produce magic like he did today.”

With players such as Melbourne Victory’s Nick D’Agostino and Sydney FC’s Patrick Yazbeck both having made European moves this year, it looks like the A-League is starting to build a better reputation amongst European clubs for developing young footballers.

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Surely after Tilio’s performances this season scouts all around Europe will be watching the young winger very closely as they look for potential signings.

In the meantime, City will be happy to have Marco Tilio continue to deliver top-shelf performances as they head into their finals campaign.

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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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