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Spirit of Cruyff firing van 't Schip

AAP logoAAP 30/11/2016 Ben McKay

A stellar future surely awaits Melbourne City after securing the FFA Cup, but on Wednesday night coach John van 't Schip couldn't help but take a moment to look back.

City's 1-0 defeat of Sydney FC is the first trophy in the club's seven-season history.

The largesse bestowed upon the club by owners City Football Group demands, and perhaps ensures, more prizes to come.

Van 't Schip has been there with the club from the beginning and was eager to thank family, friends and supporters who have stuck with him during the club's arduous history.

He dwelled on one fallen friend - Dutch great Johan Cruyff - who acted as his mentor both as a player and a coach.

"I think of Cruyff who passed away half a year ago," he said.

"His legacy, the football philosophy that he left behind. I hope to contribute (to that) in the way he wanted to play football.

"I think we're making those steps."

More than anyone else at the club, van 't Schip is entitled to think about the club's journey.

Quirkily, in an era where coaches are turfed all too easily, the Dutchman is one of the few survivors from season one, with its infamous wheelie bin ice baths.

So when he wore a broad smile at full-time on Wednesday night at AAMI Park, there was no doubt he'd earned it.

"Everybody's been waiting for it," he said.

"It's a start, hopefully for a lot more.

"Moments like this evening don't come too often. That's what we said to the boys ... that every time you play a final it's something special.

"Winning prizes gives you confidence. It shows you're on the right path.

"It's of course important for the players, getting a reward.

"For the fans that can now say 'hey we won a prize'.

"But life doesn't stop. We have to celebrate this and make sure we're focused and prepared for the upcoming game."

City return to A-League action earlier than they might like, returning to AAMI Park to play Brisbane on Saturday night.

Van 't Schip said that wouldn't stop him and his winners sharing a beer to take in the success.

"You have to celebrate," he said.

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