The Inner Sanctum presents the Round 5 A-League Men Team of the Week. (Photos: Melbourne City; KEEPUP; Macarthur FC)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best players that took part in Round 5 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 5 of the A-League Men season.

Despite the recent COVID outbreak, A-League Men Round 5 provided plenty of entertaining games, including a stellar Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park.

City and Victory shared the points in front of 18,000 fans, while Macarthur managed to steal all three against the Jets despite an early red card for Filip Kurto.

Goalkeeper and defenders

GK: Ivan Kelava (Melbourne Victory)

The 33-year-old is quickly becoming a fan favourite for Victory supporters. Not only did Kelava make three crucial saves in the derby, but he also assisted one of the goals with a long kick which landed in Nicholas D’Agostino’s path.

RB: Nathaniel Atkinson (Melbourne City)

The Olyroos starter impressed greatly in his first A-League start of the 2021/22 season. Atkinson caused real havoc starting from the right but drifting inside to a more central position. The 22-year-old was involved in everything positive for his team, and was praised by coach Patrick Kisnorbo post-game.

CB: Miranda (Melbourne Victory)

Yes, Victory did concede two goals in the game, but Miranda didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the whole 90 minutes. According to FotMob, the former Wolverhampton man managed to complete four accurate long balls, win four out of his four duels, and made seven ball recoveries.

CB: Leo Lacroix (Western United)

We’re starting to run out of superlatives for Lacroix, who is becoming a mainstay in The Inner Sanctum TOTW. The Player of the Month for November guided his team to their fourth consecutive clean sheet which guaranteed a 1-0 win to United. An absolute rock at the back.

LB: James Meredith (Macarthur FC)

Meredith did make the foul that led to the Jets’ opener, but after that, he improved massively. The ex-Millwall defender held his own against the most potent attack in the league and even managed to score the winner in what will be remembered as a great comeback from the Bulls.

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DM: Oliver Bozanic (Central Coast Mariners)

The captain was on his normal high level for Central Coast against the Wanderers on Saturday, but there was nothing normal about his finish to seal the 2-0 win. Bozanic put the icing on the cake in his 100th A-League Men appearance for the Mariners with a left-footed free-kick in added time. It was a superb performance and the first inclusion in our TOTW for the veteran.

CM: Jake Brimmer (Melbourne Victory)

Brimmer set the tone for the spectacle at AAMI Park with a moment of pure brilliance, by putting the ball on a golden plate for Francesco Margiotta to open the scoring. He’s been the man in sparkling form for Victory this season and the future seems bright for him under Tony Popovic.

AM: Anthony Caceres (Sydney FC)

The number 17 starred in Sydney’s first win of the A-League Men season. Coach Steve Corica decided to start Caceres as one of the two 10s, which proved to be a real gamechanger for the Sky Blues. He had an excellent game completing the most dribbles (four), creating the most chances (six), and assisting one of the goals after a great solo run.


RW: Andrew Nabbout (Melbourne City)

Nabbout started slowly but grew into the game and had a brilliant second half. He assisted Jamie Maclaren for the first with a low cross and scored the second one from close range.

ST: Elvis Kamsoba (Sydney FC)

Kamsoba continues to make waves following his controversial summer move. The Burundi international scored his second goal of the season in Sydney’s win against Wellington and worked tirelessly for the team as one of the number 9s alongside Adam Le Fondre.

LW: Daniel De Silva (Macarthur FC)

De Silva ran the show for Macarthur in the absence of injured captain Ulises Davila. The Perth-born playmaker scored the equaliser with a real rocket of a volley and assisted the second goal with a curling cross right at the end of the game.

A-League Men Team of the Week: Round 5

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