• Lisa De Vanna of Melbourne City controls the ball during the round nine W-League match between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City FC at Hunter Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Can Melbourne City finish of a perfect season with a Championship win? Lisa de Vanna thinks so!
Lisa De Vanna

The Women's Game
21 Jan 2016 - 9:52 AM  UPDATED 21 Jan 2016 - 9:52 AM

When Joe [coach Joe Montemurro] approached me in March discussing do you want to come and play for City, I told him these are the key players that I want. And obviously Jess Fishlock was someone that I respect and think is one of the best midfielders in the world and has so much knowledge to bring to the game.

"You can have the best players in the world but it’s not necessarily going to win you games."

We sort of put down a backbone of defender, midfielder and a striker, so we work on that and see if we can build some young players as well. The big key for me was the cohesion and characters in the team because you can have the best players in the world but it’s not necessarily going to win you games. You need players that want to win and want to work because you can be 1-nil down and they’re the ones that have got the heart to fight back.

We’ve got the facilities, we’ve got the environment, we’ve got everything that we want, now it’s up to us. And yeah, sometimes it can be a bit challenging because teams are a bit intimidated by the way we play and the players we have, but it’ all about growing and challenging ourselves and not being complacent. And sometimes we find that complacency in ourselves which isn’t a good thing because we need to be ruthless all the time and expect better from each other because that’s the only way we’re going to grow.

We’re doing pretty well but every game’s different and, like I said, it can take one goal and teams can defend or anything could happen, so we just take one game at a time. 

This is an excerpt of the following interview with Lisa de Vanna. Courtesy of The Women's Game.