‘It’s going to be different to that crazy game’

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Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli between Perth Glory’s Lucian Goian (left) and Mitchell Oxborrow on Sunday.

MATT WINDLEYHerald Sun

MELBOURNE City captain Bruno Fornaroli says there are plenty of lessons to be learnt from Sunday night’s “crazy” 5-4 loss to Perth as the teams prepare to meet again this week.

But the star striker insists the Glory does not have a mental hold over City ahead of Sunday’s elimination final.

City is yet to beat Perth in season 2016-17.

Perth won 3-2 at AAMI Park in Round 3 before taking home a point from a 3-3 draw at the same ground in Round 12.

But Fornaroli said that poor record won’t come in to the equation when the teams step out on to the pitch this weekend.

“Finals is different,” Fornaroli said.

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“It’s going to be different to that crazy game.

“We tried to win (on Sunday) of course, but we need to stay more calm when we have the ball, try to create chances, but also defend good.

“This is the first thing.

Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli with the A-League trophy.

Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli with the A-League trophy.Source:Getty Images

“We have confidence for this game. Also, we play here at home so it’s better for us of course because the fans can come and support us.”

Perth needed to win by four goals on Sunday night in order to host this weekend’s final at nib Stadium, while City were chasing all three points to put itself in the box seat to secure an Asian Champions League berth.

It meant both teams were chasing goals with reckless abandon.

And while Fornaroli expects the rematch to be a far tighter affair, he said City have still brought learnings home from Perth.

“Always, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you can learn,” he said.

Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli between Perth Glory’s Lucian Goian (left) and Mitchell Oxborrow on Sunday.

Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli between Perth Glory’s Lucian Goian (left) and Mitchell Oxborrow on Sunday.Source:Getty Images

“In this sport you need to learn, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose.

“We have a long week to fix everything, work hard and try to make the semi-finals.

“We learnt a lot, but this is better to talk inside the group with the coach and try to fix things.”

City’s has faltered significantly in the second half of the season, collecting just 19 points in the 14 games since Michael Valkanis took over from John van’t Schip.

But Fornaroli is adamant his side can still win the three games necessary to lift the A-League championship trophy.

“If I don’t then I go home.” he said.

“Why would I waste my time here? I am here because I feel we can and I have confidence in my teammates.”

Originally published as ‘It’s going to be different to that crazy game’

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