REACTION: Wielaert confident ahead of Derby


Melbourne City FC defender Rob Wielaert said his side will play the same way regardless of the opposition as it prepares for the season’s first Melbourne Derby.

The Dutchman has had a positive start to the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season — emerging from a five-month pre-season injury free — and said it was vital for his side to collect all three points on Saturday night.

“A lot of things have changed inside the club but it’s still a Derby,” Wielaert said.

“It’s going to be intense and I heard it’s going to be a full stadium which is good for the game.”

Although Melbourne City FC has picked up two points in as many games, the former PSV man feels the results will come with such dominant performances.

“I think we play our own game this year.” Wielaert said.

“Instead of looking at the opponent, we play the same way and we try to really dominate the opposition.

“We create a lot of chances…[and] we are mostly in the opposition half [but] we still have to work on the final third I think.”

Wielaert is relishing the opportunity to line up against the in-form team of the competition and is preparing for what they will have in store for him on Satuday night.

“They have a really good squad, a lot of movement a lot of creativity,” Wielaert said.

“Berisha is a quality striker. He works very hard and pressures the opponent but like I said before, it’s a team sport…and you have to win it with 11 players.”

Melbourne City FC will take on Melbourne Victory in the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, kick-off 7:30pm

Melbourne City FC’s next home match is against Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Friday 31 October, kick-off 7:40pm. Tickets at Ticketek