The red hot Demons will have one of their biggest challenges of the season so far, coming up against last years grand finalists in the Cats.
Melbourne are currently undefeated after three rounds, sitting in third position on the ladder.
Coach Simon Goodwin spoke to the media this morning ahead of the Dees’ clash against the Cats at the MCG.
He believes his side is ready for the challenge that Geelong poses.
“I think we expect what we always get from Geelong, they’re a high quality side, they have been for a number of years, they can play a number of ways and they are a good side for a reason,” Goodwin said.
“They’re experienced and handle the game in all phases so I think it’s just a great challenge and one we’re looking forward to.
“It’s our home game in front of our supporters at the MCG against a quality side and we’re looking forward to it.”
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Geelong are known to be able to control and change its game style, but Goodwin and his Dees are prepared for whatever the Cats have at the ready.
“I think the good thing about Geelong is they can play multiple ways. Last year at times they played fast and surge out from contest and long down the line plays,” he said.
“I’ve seen them play with great control, last year against us they played with great control in their back half.
“We’ll prepare our players for both and see if we can defend the way we’ve been defending, that’s an area of our game we’ve worked incredibly hard on and one that we’re looking forward to.
“Whatever Geelong want to bring we’ll be ready and prepared for and looking forward to it.”
One knock on Melbourne’s game is its conversion in front of goal, kicking more then 10 behinds each week of the season so far.
“It’s one of those things that we’ve improved on from ’19 to ’20 but in the first three rounds it’s something we need to get better at,” Goodwin said.
“We continue to look at the type of shots we’re having and where we’re having them from and we are expected to score from those positions.
“Against high quality sides you need to be kicking those goals and Geelong is one of those teams and in big moments you need to kick goals. It does determine games.”
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