13/04/2024

The Inner Sanctum's Round 18 A-League Men Team of the Week. (Photos: Macarthur FC; Western United; Melbourne City FC)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best players that took part in Round 18 of the A-League Men season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 18 of the A-League Men season.

The A-League Men’s competition offered us a weekend full of exciting games, starting with a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, between Western United and Melbourne City, and finishing with another thriller involving Adelaide and Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

Following the latest set of fixtures, we’ve compiled the best XI from the stand-out performers, in The Inner Sanctum’s Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper and defenders

GK: Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC)

The two-time Socceroo bounced back from a couple of forgettable weeks, which saw him concede five in three games, by earning a clean sheet against Perth, despite conceding a total of 1.56 xG.

RB: Javi Lopez (Adelaide United)

Lopez was the unsung hero for Adelaide against the Jets. According to FotMob, the Spaniard completed the most dribbles in the match (four), had the most tackles (four), and won the most duels (15), while also completing eight out of eight attempted long balls.

CB: Nuno Reis (Melbourne City)

Reis did have a fairly slow start in the derby, but his performance in the second half was exceptional and his long-range passing helped City turn the game around. The assist for Maclaren’s goal was the cherry on the top of the cake.

CB: Leo Lacroix (Western United)

Another week, another goal, and another appearance for Lacroix in our TOTW. The Swiss giant opened the scoring for United on the big occasion against City and was once again unshakable at the back.

LB: Callum Talbot (Sydney FC)

After a deserved rest in the midweek fixture against Kaya FC, Talbot was back in the XI in Perth and performed exceptionally well. The 21-year-old impressed right from kickoff, assisting the first goal after a lung-bursting run and later defending superbly when Sydney needed it most.

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Midfielders

DM: Rene Krhin (Western United)

On Saturday Krhin had his best game in a black and green shirt. He was one of the main reasons why Aloisi’s team was leading at halftime, with his finish for their second goal being particularly impressive.

CM: Conor Metcalfe (Melbourne City)

Metcalfe dominated the derby from start to finish. The Socceroos midfielder broke up play expertly, made smart runs, created chances for his teammates, and scored a beautiful one-touch goal.

AM: Ulises Davila (Macarthur FC)

Davila got his first A-Leagues brace for the Bulls since his move to South Western Sydney, in the 3-1 win over the Wanderers, to keep them in the fight for a top-two place.

Forwards

RW: Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)

The newly appointed Adelaide captain flourished against Arthur Papas’ Newcastle Jets. Starting on the right of the front three, Goodwin won six duels, created four chances, made four accurate crosses, and provided two brilliant assists.

ST: Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City)

Maclaren had a massive influence in the biggest game of Round 18, despite making the least amount of touches of any outfield player to play 90 minutes. ‘JMac’ needed only one half-chance to score past Jamie Young after timing his run to absolute perfection.

LW: Marco Tilio (Melbourne City)

Tilio shined under the lights at AAMI Park in the absence of Leckie. The young winger wasn’t on the scoresheet, but made four key passes and assisted Metcalfe’s goal with a sublime pass.

A-League Team of the Week: Round 18. (Design: Will Cuckson)

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