7, December 2018

Ritchie De Laet: Melbourne City Yet To Click In 2018-19

Ritchie De Laet from Melbourne City says that his new side is trying to secure their groove after the 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. De Laet arrived in Bundoora on loan from Aston Villa, the English Championship side when it was the off-season. He has been Waren Joyce’s one of the most consistent players in the opening month of A-League.

Irrespective of being a defender and connecting as a part of back in 4 games of City, the 29-year-old player has been able to give his best for the side up the other end of their match in the young season. H has scored 2 of the 7 goals in his career in the opening week. As the penalty was missed by Florin Berengue, a rebound was put for opening Australian account in the first week of the season. The strike he made against Nix has been pretty convincing as it hit the picture, the ideal long-range into the corner of the net to secure a 1-0 lead.

The Belgian recounted the goal and said that it just opened up and the ball had been there to hit. It had bounced for some time and there hadn’t been any running to close him down. According to him, if the ball wasn’t shot, it will not go in and he thought he would have the pop. He says that he is a defender and he isn’t there to score goals, there are players for doing that but he is quite happy to chip when he gets an opportunity.

The defeat of the City in Nix has played an important role for the club having a 3-0 defeat against FC Sydney a week before raising some serious questions regarding the capability of the City when it comes to Challenging  Perth Glory, Sydney, Adelaide United, and also Melbourne Victory.

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