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Melbourne City ready for Sydney's revenge

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne City might have lifted the FFA Cup last week with a win over Sydney FC but they expect Saturday night's A-League encounter with the ladder leaders to be a whole lot harder.

Defender Michael Jakobsen says his second-placed side will walk onto the ANZ Stadium pitch with an angry opponent confronting them.

"It's going to be tougher now," he said on Tuesday.

"They want to have revenge after their defeat and they play at home. They're going to come out 100 miles an hour."

In a season of transformative change and tumult at Melbourne City, Jakobsen has slotted in to be one of the constants.

He has missed just one match since arriving in Australia and announcing his arrival with a stunning bicycle kick in City's 4-1 FFA Cup quarter-final success.

As City's lead defender, Jakobsen has had his own challenges given coach John van 't Schip's see-sawing tendencies between a back three and a back four.

Jakobsen said the tactical switch-up was another string to City's bow, and they wouldn't be disclosing their plans ahead of kick-off against the Sky Blues on Saturday.

"In the Cup we were playing a back three and (three days later in the A-League) against Brisbane it was a back four," he said.

"In Scandinavia (a back three) is not that common. I'm not used to that. I was in Spain, we did it a bit.

"But when I came here I was open to new adventures and to learn new stuff so it's perfect to try to play that way."

Against Brisbane on Saturday night, Jakobsen found himself at the middle of the diving controversy surrounding Bruno Fornaroli and Jade North.

The Roar defender has since apologised for diving in an incident van 't Schip believed was designed to get his captain sent off.

Jakobsen was the player who urged Luke Brattan, in possession, to play on after seeing the referee wasn't going to call a foul.

It paid off, with Nicolas Colazo netting the equaliser for City.

"The referee was standing above him and if he's not whistling then we have to keep on playing," he said.

"I saw the situation, (North) was right in Bruno's face after he went down and I don't like that kind of mentality."

Jakobsen - who has played in Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain throughout his career - dismissed the notion that Australian football had a diving problem.

"I've seen worse. When I played in Spain it was hilarious sometimes," he said.

"You get a small knock and someone falls over like someone tried to take out their legs. It's not a big issue here."

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