Tim Cahill has sounded a warning to A-League finals rivals, saying the remainder of the top six will be eager to avoid Melbourne City in the play-offs.
City secured a home final by finish fourth, holding off Perth Glory in Easter Sunday’s 5-4 thriller.
Glory required a four-goal win to pip the Victorians to hosting rights, but were ultimately pegged back despite moving to a 4-1 lead in the second half.
Fifth-placed Perth and City will meet again on Sunday night at AAMI Park, out to clinch a spot in the semi-finals against premiers Sydney FC and runners-up Melbourne Victory.
The Socceroo praised his team’s readiness to fight back against Perth’s all or nothing approach to last week’s game, backing it to correct the defeat.
“You see that (against Perth), we were happy to be tested, and we were happy to react,” Cahill said at a media conference on Wednesday.
“We know we can score goals, and unfortunately, even the goals we’ve conceded, we;ve watched them, yeah we can do better, but we can stop them.
“There were a few fortunate ones and a few mistakes, but collectively, we take the responsibility together, and that’s the great thing about this team.
“We can put everything right this week against Perth because guaranteed, I don’t think many clubs are going to want us to beat Perth, because it means they’re going to have to play us.
“One-off finals against us, I think they’ll much prefer to play someone else.”