You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Shattered Cahill says City's exit deserved

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017 Ben McKay

Tim Cahill has been shattered by Melbourne City's early A-League finals exit, calling on the club to hold underperformers accountable.

At their time of reckoning, City were lacklustre and timid in Sunday night's elimination final with Perth Glory.

The 2-0 loss means Michael Valkanis' side exit the competition at their earliest stage in three years.

Socceroos great Cahill confessed to being dumbstruck by the defeat because the club had the talent to win.

"I can't believe the season's over. I honestly can't," Cahill said after the match.

"I've been sitting in (the locker room) contemplating that next week we won't even be training.

"I know we could have given a lot more tonight ... we've definitely got a talented group of players.

"In this big game which meant so much to our club, we have to be held accountable as players to do better.

"We finished where we deserved to finish and that was getting knocked out."

Owing mainly to Cahill's monster wage - subsidised by FFA's marquee fund - City's squad is the richest ever seen by the A-League.

It was found wanting against Perth and another major off-season renovation seems inevitable.

Valkanis - who himself is unlikely to see his tenure extended as coach - confirmed the departures of Thomas Sorensen and Nicolas Colazo in the aftermath of the defeat.

That means City Football Group have at least two vacant international slots, including a marquee wage, to fill.

The other three foreigners on City's books - Fernando Brandan, Bruno Fornaroli and Michael Jakobsen - are contracted for next season.

Inconsistent goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis is also out of contract, with Adelaide United captain Eugene Galekovic a rumoured arrival to take his place.

A question mark hangs over Manchester City loanees Luke Brattan and Anthony Caceres, who didn't start in Sunday's defeat, while Josh Rose is likely to be moved on.

Cahill - who didn't criticise any of his team-mates individually in the loss - suggested the club's on-field character needed to change.

"We definitely wanted it but what you want and what you're trying to do is two different things," he said.

"We're a nice team with nice footballers. We tried to fight (but) the battles that were there to be won, we didn't win them."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon