JVS coy on City title hopes

Melbourne City's 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix has catapulted them to the precipice of a maiden A-League premiership, however head coach John Van't Schip is coy about his sides chances.

The Dutchman instead pointed to a difficult away trip against Perth.

“We’ll know after the last game. It’s still close. We’re equal points with Brisbane and Perth away and home to Adelaide, so they’re two big games (to come),” he said.

He also hailed his sides new found form in the backline after weeks of flux.

“We played a very disciplined game. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy because Aaron (Mooy) and Alex (Wilkinson) weren’t there. So we had to put in two other players.

“And secondly Wellington is a dangerous outsider in the sense they can play freely enough and have enough good football players to create difficulties.”

Van't Schip added: “We talked about it a long time... because we knew we were copping too many goals and we were open (and) very entertaining but we also knew that if we wanted to achieve more and make a bigger step, then we had to fix that. 

"Credit to the boys, they took it on board and we've worked on it every single training (session) and it's now working out on the pitch in the games.

"And that's what you want and the players start believing in what we're working on."