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Questions abound as Melbourne City flatter to deceive again | Richard Parkin

Campaigns aren’t won and lost in the opening rounds but a heavy defeat might prompt introspection for City fans

Sifting through the ashes of his team’s lacklustre capitulation to Sydney FC, Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce was characteristically blunt. “We didn’t pass the ball quick enough,” he said. “There wasn’t enough movement in the forward areas, and we give the ball away cheap as well.”

Rather than sugarcoat the performance or attempt to reframe the match in a more positive light for his side, Joyce sent a stern rebuke to his players. “Intent to close and press could have been better all night, I think the intent to win duels and win tackles could have been better, the intent to run in behind could be better – it’s the intent to do it.

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