In their past two matches Melbourne City have trailed at the 70-minute mark and, in both instances against the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory, coach John Van ’t Schip has had the same response.
Melbourne City took the lead twice early on, but Melbourne Victory pegged them back then went on to dominate the second half thanks to a Besart Berisha hat-trick.
In a huge weekend for Australian football, there’s several tactical talking points from a round featuring not only a Melbourne derby, but also an Asian Champions League final where the Wanderers’ approach might finally prove unsustainable.
Nikolai Petkovic’s red card at the end of regular time meant Sydney FC went down to 10 for extra time, where Bruce Djite’s double proved decisive.
David Villa’s first two games for Melbourne City have immediately introduced a difficult tactical problem
A transcript of Australia Scout’s tactical analysis segment from Round Two on the weekly From the Stands podcast
Michael McGlinchey was inevitably central in the build-up to the clash between his old and new club, but also proved literally central to the game’s tactical battle.
Sydney FC came from 2-0 down to defeat the Western Sydney Wanderers in a highly-charged, aggressive Sydney Derby.
All the action unfolded at the very end of an otherwise tight, tepid match, where for once, the cliche ‘a tactical battle’ isn’t misleading
Round Two sees questions of the Victory’s defence and the Mariners counter-attacking, while there’s a good reason why perhaps we shouldn’t look forward to the Sydney Derby