After a week of turmoil, the A-League is set to return with a juicy encounter between last-placed Central Coast Mariners and second-place Melbourne City.
But it’s not just the crowds which will be missing from Gosford – Melbourne City’s 64-year-old coach Erick Mombaerts has opted to stay home in response to the coronavirus.
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Assistant Patrick Kisnorbo will take charge at the empty Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, in what is expected to be a mismatch.
“I’m confident in our players and I’m also confident in Patrick to coach the team for these two games, very confident,” Mombaerts said.
“We are very close and all things are prepared for these two games.”
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The Mariners slumped to a ninth-straight defeat against Brisbane last time out, and a tenth loss would equal a club record.
Meanwhile City has risen back into second place on the back of a three-match unbeaten run.
Mombaerts said: “If we compare the positions of the clubs it seems easy, but an A-League game is not easy so the players know that we have to perform … we have to play well.”
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