AAMI PARK — Melbourne City manager Adrian Hanauer has revealed the team will play at home on Saturday after the Socceroos defeated Man City 2-0 in the first leg of the AAMI Stadium double-header.
“We’re going to play at the Aussie Park, so we’re really focused on the second leg,” Hanauer said.
“I can’t stress how important it is that we play at that venue.”
And that’s the reason why we’re all here, to do our best to do it.
“The Socceroos won the first round of the Hyundai A-League finals after beating Sydney FC 2-1 on aggregate at the Sydney Olympic Stadium last Saturday, while the Lions defeated Perth Glory 1-0 at the MCG on Tuesday.
In total, the Lions have won 12 of their last 13 games, winning four of the past five meetings.
However, City, who have a lead of four points after just two matches, will be looking to end their three-match losing streak to City.”
Our focus is on Saturday, we’ve got to keep playing as a group and then we can look forward to the third game,” Hanuell said.
City had won four of their past five games at AAMI, and have won their past two home matches against the Lions.”
The win puts the Lions in third place in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Sydney FC and four behind fifth-placed Melbourne Victory.”
The second leg is our only chance.”
The win puts the Lions in third place in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Sydney FC and four behind fifth-placed Melbourne Victory.
City are four points clear of third-placed Adelaide United after the victory, and are two points clear in third-place Brisbane Roar after the draw.
“The fact we beat the team that is on a run of winning the A-league is really special,” Muscat told reporters.
“It means they’re in a great position.
They have the best team in the ALeague and we’ve just got to work hard.”
The result also gives the Lions the tiebreaker for the Hyundai Melbourne trophy, and leaves City with the tie for the title.