29/02/2024

Melbourne City celebrate a goal in the 2022/23 A-League Women's season. (Photo Credit: Melbourne City/Twitter)

Melbourne City will be looking to take all the momentum from a mid-week 3-0 win in Adelaide to their Melbourne Derby match-up this weekend as the side looks to keep pace with Western United at the top of the table.

Ahead of the match, player Bryleeh Henry and coach Dario Vidosic met with the media.

Coming off a quick turnaround, and a shock 2-0 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers, the team flew straight to Adelaide, to allow the team to gel a little more as they looked to regroup.

“It was hectic, cause it was a quick turnaround. [To] make sure we don’t miss our flight or anything,” Henry said.

“But it was good. We had that time together, that you don’t normally [have where] everyone goes back and dwells on the game by themselves when you have a game like that.

“So it was good that we had that time together to sit down, talk about it, instead of dwelling on our own, talk about it, and get everything out there and then move on.”

Dario Vidosic went into a little bit more detail with his response.

“We blended it in where we could sit down, analyse, talk, and then we had nights where we had like trivia nights that the girls organised,” Vidosic said.

“In terms of getting [together] as a coaching staff, where we could get our message across, we could sit with more extended periods and analyse games, analyse individuals, analyse situations in games, look forward to Adelaide.

“They also have that freedom where they can go out together, be together, have coffees, go play cards and just that extended time, we get to know each other more as a group. You get to learn people and we had a great time and obviously winning always helps that.”

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As the side looks ahead to the Melbourne Derby, the game has been postponed from a 3pm kick-off on Saturday to a 5pm kick-off on Sunday due to weather conditions in Melbourne.

For Henry, the importance of the postponement can not be understated.

“I think it is crucial. We’ve had the two quick turnarounds and then, you know, if we did have to play, I have more like enough confidence that we could have done it but I think you know the extra recovery is great,” she said.

“It’s also an extra day to work on the game plan and rest our bodies but also work on things we want to going into that game and it’ll be great because there’s so much hype going into [the] derby, so we’re all excited and can’t wait for it.”

Vidosic echoed his younger star’s sentiment, acknowledging the break will give his side more time to work on things.

“It helps us because it gave us an opportunity for a bit of a tactical session today where we could work through a couple of things,” he said.

“We looked at and analysed Melbourne Victory, their strengths and weaknesses and where we can sort of stop them and where we can hurt them as well.

“That helped us in general but if the game was played tomorrow we would have been ready regardless.”

From a game plan perspective, it is very much an internal approach for Vidosic.

“We want to control the game. We want to dictate the pace of the game,” he said.

“If we have the ball, then the chances of being hurt are much less. When we don’t have it, we want to hunt and get it back very very quickly.

“That’s how we play. We won’t change for anyone. We’ll sort of work around someone’s strengths and weaknesses and that changes on a week-to-week basis depending on who we’re playing.

“We won’t change much for anyone. We have our style of play. We’re comfortable in our way. We can’t wait to play.”

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