VIDMAR: It’s a grand final for both teams

Melbourne City Head Coach, Aurelio Vidmar, is preparing for ‘another final’ on Saturday as seventh-placed City take on the sixth-placed Wanderers.

With just two fixtures remaining in the regular season, it’s all on the line when City head to CommBank Stadium to face the Western Sydney Wanderers.


With two games remaining, City sit one point behind the Wanderers on the league table in seventh position.

“This is a final for us, it is a Grand Final, for both teams really,” Vidmar explained. “A win puts you in a better position and a loss really just knocks you out basically.”

“We’ve got to get up for it, have the right mentality and attitude – everyone rolling up their sleeves. If we can be close and consistent, like we have been over the past six or seven weeks, in performances [we’ll get the result].”

“They [Wanderers] are an absolutely dangerous team, that’s quite clear,” he added. “This is not going to be a blowout by no means. They’ll be hurting from that game, they’ll be hurting from last week’s derby loss in the last minute so there’s a hell of a lot on the line for both teams.

“I think it’s going to be a great battle.”

Keep fighting

Coming off a record-breaking 8-0 win, Vidmar’s side will need to continue the momentum if they are to play finals football this season.

“All we can do is keep fighting to be honest and every game since last week was a final and this weekend is no different,” Vidmar reflected.

City will need to turn around their poor form on the road if they are to defeat the Wanderers.

“Key is always for us, mentality and attitude,” Vidmar said. “I think every team when you’re playing at home you have that little bit of comfort, you know you’re playing at home, it’s very familiar and the away game is always a bit tricky.”

We’ll keep our heads down and keep working, and try to put them under pressure to get the win.

Terrific Tolgay

City star, Tolgay Arslan, netted his first ever hat-trick against the Glory on Sunday as he continues to stamp his authority on the competition.

Asked if he’s the best player in the A-League Men’s competition, Aurelio Vidmar shared his thoughts.

“He’s definitely been one of the best for sure, I think there’s been a number of guys who have had pretty strong seasons this year,” Vidmar said.

From my perspective, when someone is involved in 20 goal involvements and can influence a game on a dime, they’re special players with special qualities.

“I think there have been a number of players in the competition this year who have been exceptional.”

City face Western Sydney this Saturday 20 April, kick-off 3:30pm, before returning to AAMI Park to host Western United for the last regular season fixture of the season, kick-off 5:00pm. Click here to get your tickets.