This is a strange part of the A-League season. For so long, teams have been jostling for position in the ladder to get themselves a spot in the Finals Series but it’s now become pretty clear which six sides will make it through.
So, head coaches and managers have a job on their hands to make sure their players remain motivated. Yes, the biggest matches are in the future but as we’ve seen before, arriving at the Finals in good form can be vitally important.
Remaining in good form is the primary concern for both Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City ahead of their match on Friday.
Wanderers’ win over Wellington Phoenix last time out was not just the first time they’ve won at Spotless Stadium this season but it gave them a five point cushion in sixth place. With four matches to go, it is going to take a major collapse for Tony Popovic’s men to miss out on a place in the Finals but the squad have made it clear that they’re remaining focussed.
“We are not complacent at all,” Kearyn Baccus said this week. “We are still working hard … we just have to take one game at a time and things will happen for us.”
Baccus and the rest of the squad will certainly have to put the work in against Melbourne City.