Van 't Schip lauds 'special' Novillo

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip lauded the "special" Harry Novillo after his side's 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Novillo looked threatening throughout at Cbus Super Stadium, forcing Willy Caballero into a fingertip save before later dinking an effort just wide.

The 23-year-old, who has signed a permanent deal with the A-League club, received a rousing reception when he came off in the second half.

Van 't Schip was full of praise for the French-born Martinique international and he has high hopes for the attacker.

"Harry is a very strong player with individual talent," the Dutchman told Fox Sports.

"He can outplay his opponent and he has qualities with his free-kicks and shooting so the people love him.

"He's a special player and I think he's getting stronger and stronger, he's getting used to the team and getting used to the league and he's happy with us."

Van 't Schip's men almost held out Manchester City, but Samir Nasri volleyed in a stunning second-half goal.

But the coach was happy enough with his team's performance in the pre-season game.

"I think the boys did a great job," Van 't Schip said.

"Of course Man City had more possession and they were dangerous in a few occasions but we had three very big chances, with Wadey Dekker, with Stefan Mauk and with Harry.

"It was a good hitout and the boys must take a lot of confidence."