Bouzanis praises Mombaerts as City unveil star W-League signing Emslie

“He’s a very good man and tactically his football knowledge is second-to-none.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Erick.”

Dean Bouzanis says City are playing with a renewed spirit this season. Credit:Getty Images

Bouzanis said City were still working on improving defensively given they’d only kept one clean sheet for the season. He said the Roar would pose a test away at Dolphin Stadium despite their struggles.

“People say that they haven’t scored many goals, but the thing for me is that they’re creating chances,” Bouzanis said of the Roar, who have only scored once in four games.

Meanwhile, City’s new W-League recruit, Scottish international attacker Claire Emslie, has arrived ahead of their first game on Sunday evening after signing last week.

“The W-League has been getting better and better,” Emslie said. “I’ve got a couple of friends – Kim Little and Jen Beattie – that came and played at the club and they loved it. When I got the opportunity this season to come out, I was delighted and really excited to be a part of it.

“It was the perfect opportunity. Obviously, the only time I could come is if I played in the NWSL [United States National Women’s Soccer League] and had the five months’ break, and this fits perfectly timing-wise to keep playing and experience a different league, a different culture and a different country.

“Obviously it’s a short season, so it’s going to be really competitive. You look at the signings that have been made across the league, there’s quite a lot of players coming across from the American league that are big players so I think it will be competitive. I’ve heard if you make the finals it’s a really exciting atmosphere, so I’m excited about that.”


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