A-League preview: Melbourne City

 

Melbourne City will be not only looking  for a finals place but also to win it all such as the FFA Cup, Premiers Plate and the grand final.

City made grounds last season primarily with their potent attack and were the best A-League attacking side in the competition which, saw them score 63 goals. Last season City was known to score goals from Bruno Fornaroli who patterned up with the assist king Aaron Mooy. City had one of the deadly trios in the league with Mooy, Fornaroli and Harry Novillo however, Mooy and Novillo are no longer there.

It meant Melbourne City had to go shopping in order to find a replacement for Mooy and Novillo .There off season signings may have just about filled that hole, with City signing Luke Brattan, Bruce Kamau and Fernando Brendon. There is one particular signing that is guaranteed to get everyone talking and more importantly to get bums on seats and that is the illustrious signing of Tim Cahill on the guest marquee rule.

City all of a sudden look a stronger team particular in the midfield and  up front. Signing the utility that is Nicolas Colazo should be seen as a  major  coup  not only for City but for the league as well as he can play at left back and also on the wing  improving City’s chances of winning the league.

However, their defence was the major talking point in last seasons quest with City leaking 44 goals. City knew they would have to address this so they signed the utility that is Colazo who can play in the area that City has lacked that is left back and they have also signed Michael Jakobsen from the Danish league and all of a sudden City’s defence looks solid.

Ivan Franjic  missed most of last season through injury which was part of City’s leaky defence. With Franjic returning from injury and joining the first team squad City look to have now have a decent defence and that would take the pressure of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

The City Football Group(CFG) and Melbourne City were not afraid to spend big which was much needed ahead of this seasons campaign. City look more powerful up front and seem to have a decent job of replacing Mooy and Novillo. Their defence also looks in better shape than in previous years.

This season is all about exception for City and if they do not win at least one trophy this year it could be seen as a major disappointment.

Prediction: 1st.

 

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