Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip is relishing the challenge of facing table topper Adelaide United this weekend.
Adelaide are currently undefeated in 14 games, most recently beating Wellington Phoenix 4-0.
While City has been scoring freely they have kept just two clean sheets this season, and van’t Schip believes his side will have to be at their best to stop Adelaide.
“We get a great test tomorrow against Adelaide. They’re a team that is always playing good football and creating chances. In different kinds of ways they want to rip open the defence of an opponent so we have to be prepared,” van’t Schip said.
As we enter the final stages of the season, Melbourne City sit four points behind Adelaide and though they are averaging 2.45 goals a game, they have conceded 38 goals thus far – only Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix have conceded more.
“The boys understand if we get that part right then we can really play a big role in the last games of this league heading into playoffs. But if you don’t get that right then it’s giving that uncertainty to the team," he said.
Van’t Schip will have a near full squad to choose from against the Reds, with Corey Gamiero and Anthony Caceres the only two players missing through injury.
“The squad is almost complete now except Corey and of course this little injury to Anthony but compared to the first seven-nine games of the year where we were missing out on seven or eight line-up players, now we’re heading into a direction where we can grow as a team,” he said.comments