Above: Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic made his disappointment about last week’s performance against Sydney clear when he spoke to the media on Thursday. Photo: Melbourne City.
Ahead of Saturday’s Liberty A-League Women trip to Moreton Daily Stadium to face Brisbane Roar, Impetus’ Ben Gilby heard from Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic (28/1/22).
A much depleted Melbourne City side travel to face Brisbane Roar on Saturday looking to get back on the winners’ rostrum after suffering a 3-0 loss at leaders Sydney FC last weekend.
Vidosic highlighted the difficult preparations that his side face for Saturday’s game in Queensland. “We’ve got only the bare minimum to travel with. We’ve got a few injuries, a few Corona cases, and one (player), obviously with the Matildas. So we’re travelling with 16, the minimum number and we just hope that everyone will be negative on rapid tests.”
Whilst declining to reveal which players are injured or have tested positive for COVID, City’s head coach revealed how those with the virus are doing. “One is feeling well and the other only received their positive test back this morning (Thursday). She’s feeling sick, but this is as she is in the first few days, so hopefully, in a few more she will be OK.
Reviewing the loss at Sydney last weekend, Vidosic was blunt and detailed. “You have to take some lessons from losing. It came down to (the fact that) they (Sydney) wanted it more. They managed to put their game on top of us, so we were not capable of stopping them and we did not play our game.
“It came down to, in the first half, that we were second best in effort, intensity, and attitude. We were just not at the races. We acted a bit better in the second half, we had a goal disallowed and then didn’t mark properly from a corner. That is disappointing.
“When you look at the rosters, we have maybe more experienced players than them (Sydney). From an experience point of view, we should have been better, but then again, the bounce of the ball, the reactions, and all those other little things that need to compliment each other weren’t there. I hope it was a one-off and that we don’t have any games like that again.
“We were not making enough forward runs and when that happens, you can’t get behind opponents. That was a problem. Sydney FC mainly played the forward balls over the top of us to get through. We pride ourselves on a similar game, they (Sydney) played theirs, but we didn’t play ours. We have addressed this.
“They (Sydney) are a good team, full of confidence and they apply their principles to a ‘T’ and we didn’t apply ours. The good thing is that we will play them again, so we get a chance to get our revenge.”
Vidosic spoke about the return of Sally James in goal at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, coming on as a late substitute for Melissa Barbieri.
“It was good to see her back. She had a fracture of her thumb and then COVID. She is someone who had a harder time to bounce back, but now she is OK. Not 100%, but we want to expose her as much as possible and give her as much game time as possible.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s game in Brisbane, Melbourne City’s head coach is clear what his expectations are. “We need to get ourselves back to what we were like before the Sydney game – being relentless, being dominant. I’m quite sure that we will get at least that side of the game right.”
Vidosic also regards the Roar as a team with a number of very dangerous players who are capable of doing serious damage.
“I watched them (Brisbane) here in Melbourne when they played Melbourne Victory and before it you would have bet your house that Melbourne Victory would win that game and they lost, they copped four goals. They (Brisbane) have some good players.
“Larissa (Crummer) and Shea (Connors) are doing really well at the moment. They have a solid backline and a good goalkeeper. Then you have ‘Mini’ (Katrina Gorry), She is a Matilda, a fantastic player, an Asian player of the year a few years ago. She can command that midfield, she can score goals from a long distance. It will not be an easy game for sure.”
Taking a slightly longer-term view on his team’s fortunes, with the season now past its halfway mark, Vidosic said: “Look, we’ll see where we finish. We want to win as many games as we can. Do we want to win the league? I don’t think anyone can win the league, it is up to Sydney to lose now. I am 100% sure that Melbourne Victory will have a good go at them and we will have a good go at them when we meet them (again).
“When you see them play against other teams, they (Sydney) are so much better than anyone, I don’t see them losing many games between now and the end of the season.”