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

Pumped up City set sail for Derby success

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne City are full of confidence coming into Saturday night's A-League derby with Melbourne Victory, insisting they'll win if they bring their A-Game.

The in-your-face pressing City gameplan has won plenty of fans this season, lifting John van 't Schip's side to second on the table and helping them lift the FFA Cup.

It's why the Dutchman and Socceroo star Tim Cahill insist the City style is enough to beat any side in the league - including Victory.

After all, it's proved enough in the two derbies in the last two months.

"We've had two good results and this of course this gives the team confidence," van 't Schip said on Friday.

"There are no guarantees for this game. It all starts over again.

"But if we play our game, we have a good chance to get a good result. So that's what we're going to do.

"That's our idea. That's why we have this philosophy of having the ball. Trying to play. Trying to be on top of the opponent. We believe in that."

The "City game" was also key in Cahill's pre-match thoughts, as aired by Archie Thompson on SEN radio.

"I was speaking to Timmy and he said if they turn up and play the way they can play, they'll win," he said.

"If they don't turn up, they'll draw. That's the confidence that City have."

Cahill is no certainty to start the match, restricted to less than 15 minutes of play since the FFA Cup success.

Van t' Schip said Bruce Kamau was fit to play after being rested from last week's 1-1 draw with Sydney FC.

While City exude belief, so too do Victory.

Kevin Muscat's side have won five of their last seven games - more than any other club - and the title-winning coach said he took "a hell of a lot of confidence" into the clash.

Asked whether the last two derby defeats played on his mind, Muscat was blunt.

"I don't think about it," he deadpanned.

"I don't look back.

"In terms of league table there's only three points available but in terms of everything else, there's a lot more on the line."

Muscat also said that Marco Rojas had done "all that has been asked of him" this week after missing their last-out 3-0 defeat of Western Sydney with a hamstring issue.

"We've got some options in that area," he said.

"Do we wait and unleash him while people are fatigued or do we start him off? We'll analyse and make a decision."

While Rojas and goalscoring record-chasing Besart Berisha will challenge City, another danger is they fall into big-game fatigue.

City have battled league leaders Sydney FC twice - once to win the FFA Cup - as well as rivals Brisbane in the last 17 days and now face arch-enemies Victory.

Van 't Schip said that was not a possibility.

"The more big games the better."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon