Ben Garuccio

City defender Ben Garuccio. Photo via A-League

City defender Ben Garuccio has been on the edge of the team sheet this year. However the 26-year-old is hoping to play his part come Sunday.

Melbourne City will face A-League new boys Macarthur FC on Sunday as they look to book their place in their second consecutive Grand Final. City defender Ben Garuccio spoke about what Macarthur has achieved this season while stating City are right where they want to be.

“They have actually been a really good team this year, to be honest, they have done extremely well,” Garuccio said.

“It’s that difficult to get this far on your first year so credit to them. This is what we have been working towards all year, this is what we set out to achieve.

“We wanted to be in this position come finals time. We were good enough to do it throughout the year so we have put ourselves in a great position. Hopefully, if everything goes well we will be playing at home and really really looking forward to the game.”

The City defender has only started nine games this campaign and has been brought on as a substitute 11 times. However, he has seen game time in his last two outings against Melbourne Victory and Newcastle and Garuccio hopes he gets some minutes on Sunday.

“Yeah of course I want to be but yeah you know you take it as another game,” said Garuccio.

“We have done it all year, we have played 26 games and we have to prepare for it the same way. We have been successful so far in the year and we have to prepare in the same manner and make sure we are ready come Sunday.”

With so much player movement expected at the end of the season, players will be moving on and Garuccio is in the same boat. The pandemic has caused player contracts to be different to the norm. However, Garuccio thinks that longer contracts for players can only be a good thing for the A-League.

“It is one of those things it’s just part of the game, unfortunately,” Garuccio said.

“Everyone would love an eight-year contract and then you know where you are going to be. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works in this line of work. You never know where you are going to be.

“Obviously, with COVID it has really shook up the stability of the contracts and the league and things like that.

“Hopefully, we are coming out of that and see brighter days. I think it’s important for Australian football to see those deals made. Longer-term contracts is something that’s important to the players.”

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At the time of writing, there is still no definitive word regarding crowds for Sunday’s game. Garuccio left no doubt that he and his team want to play in front of their fans as a reward for their support throughout the year.

“This is what us players live for, these sort of games, big games,” Garuccio said.

Hopefully with our home crowd behind us, which is why you want to finish top, to get a home final and eventually a home grand final so it would be a massive advantage for us.

“If we can have some fans in the stadium. But I think just playing the game in Melbourne is already a big advantage for us. It would be great to get our home fans behind us.

“They have been behind us all year. It’s been fantastic so it would be great to do it in front of them.”

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