Joyce: Our focus doesn’t change this week


The work did not stop for Melbourne City and Warren Joyce this week despite a full week at CFA Melbourne.

City played three matches and travelled almost 8,000 kilometres in a week where they picked up seven points in almost as many days.

With a Sunday to Sunday turnaround, you could expect an easy week on the track for Joyce and his side but it wasn’t the case with the Head Coach looking to continue his side’s momentum against Adelaide on Sunday.

“It’s not really relax and recover, you’ve always got your mind on the next game as soon as the other game finishes,” Joyce said.

“Whether the turnaround is two days or a week, you’ve got to prepare for that next game.”

City faced Adelaide in Round 4 – defeating the Reds 2-0 at Coopers Stadium – and Joyce believes he won’t be taking too much from that game into the contest, saying a lot has changed since the contest.

“I don’t think in this league you can look back too much,” he said.

“Every game is on its own merit, there is always things that crop up with injuries and suspensions that change teams and the things that they do.

“They have had injury problems and one or two players away like us but they are going to be back so we’ll just look at the game and prepare for it. It’s a game that we want to go and win.”

The welcoming surroundings of AAMI Park will host the sides for the contest on Sunday and Joyce believes being at home is one of the most important factors for his side.

“The atmosphere at AAMI Park has been great this season,” he said.

“We’ve put decent performances together and we want to give the fans something to shout about and really be on the front foot and play well. We value their support and we have to give them something to cheer about.”

Speaking at the Club’s Young Leaders Training Program at CFA Melbourne, Joyce was also pleased he could share his experiences that has seen him travel far and wide.

“It’s great to be in the community, meet young kids and see how passionate they are about doing things in their own lives,” he said.

“They have to have a passion in what they lead in and what they are trying to get people to follow. You have to have a vision of what you want to see of yourself but If you don’t have a clear vision, then other people are not going to follow it.”

City face Adelaide at AAMI Park on Sunday in our final double header of the season. A-League kick-off is at 7pm while W-League gets under way at 4.30pm. Get your tickets now!