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Melbourne Victory have defeated Sydney FC 3-1 in a convincing win in at AAMI Park. Sydney’s loss is largely due to a lack of discipline.
The Sky Blues spent the entire second half whinging and arguing with the referee.
They finished with nine men which was an indication of their ill-discipline. Their lack of respect for the referee was disgraceful. This is an over-paid team, with over inflated egos who are embarrassing themselves.
The three worst offenders were Terry McFlynn, Alessandro Del Piero and Joel Griffiths.
McFlynn is out of his depth at this level. Del Piero and Griffiths were also guilty of concentrating more on complaining than digging themselves out of a hole.
Del Piero may have been part of a winning World Cup squad, may have won titles with Juventus, may have scored four goals last weekend, but the most important thing this bloke needs to do is look at the A-League ladder and see where his under-performing team is coming.
He will notice there are seven teams above him and only two below. Part of the reason is because his poor attitude hasn’t been a help at Sydney FC. He is not acting like an experienced leader, more like a bloke who is being spoilt off the field, which is translating to someone with a bad attitude on it.
The top six in the A-League is a joke. The top four are a long way ahead of the other six teams. The only reason every team can still make the finals is because 60% of the teams get through, where it should be 40%.
Out of the teams that can win the competition, you can dismiss Adelaide. United have a coach who has run out of ideas and his team is starting to go backwards.
Central Coast Mariners are 0 from 3 in grand finals so you can forget about them. Even if they make it to the final match it is likely that they will choke.
That leaves Melbourne Victory and West Sydney as the only two genuine contenders to take out the title.