Joyce: We have no issues with the turn-around


Melbourne City Head Coach Warren Joyce says his side will have no qualms travelling to Perth on Tuesday as they face Glory in the mid-week Round 15 clash.

City only played Wellington on Saturday night – where they prevailed 2-1 winners thanks to a Ross McCormack double – and Joyce was confident his side will continue their winning momentum on Tuesday.

With no injury concerns heading into the contest, travel and training load will be the main issue for the side but Joyce is all too used to the turn-around in his previous coaching experience.

“It’s normal for me to have Saturday-Tuesday games, it’s a normal procedure,” Joyce said.

“Obviously they were in [at CFA Melbourne] yesterday for a light session and we’ll do a little bit of training when we get there and prepare for the game and everybody is looking forward to it.

City’s depth will be tested with three matches in eight days and the break-out match for Daniel Arzani came at an opportune time for Joyce who said the best is yet to come from the starlet.

“The first couple of weeks I was at the Club, you could recognise how talented he is,” he said.

“You’ve seen what he has to work on as well and he’s worked very hard while he’s been here but his breaks with illness and operations as well as with Australia was not helping.

“He’s only back to where he was four weeks into pre-season. There is a lot more to come in him. He wants to work hard and be a player so as long as he keeps his feet on the ground, I’m sure he’ll keep developing.”

Perth have conceded nine goals in two weeks however Joyce is wary of the Glory’s attacking threat, saying when they are potent, they are one of the best attacks in the league.

“When they get everybody playing together, they are a good side,” he said.

“They have some of the better players in the league and certainly a strong attacking force. I think they have suffered a little bit with injuries but we’ve also had some ourselves.

“They have certainly got some talent and a real threat with the ball.”

City face Perth on Tuesday night at nib Stadium, kick-off 10pm AEDT. See the match on FOX Sports 501