Melbourne City Feel No Added Pressure Despite Signings Of David Villa And Damien Duff

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John van’t Schip doesn’t feel extra pressure despite star signings.

Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip says he doesn’t feel any added pressure, despite the hype surrounding the revamped club.

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Since being taken over from English Premier League side Manchester City, the team formerly known as Melbourne Heart have added some big names to its squad including Spanish World Cup-winner David Villa, ex-Chelsea man Damien Duff and midfielder Robert Koren.

The club finished dead-bottom of the A-League last season, but bookmakers have them as equal favourites to win the title this season, and its not something that sits well with Van’t Schip.

“That’s outrageous,” van`t Schip told AAP.

“Just look at our team – it’s a good team, but there’s still a lot to improve.

“There are a lot of other teams that I think are still ahead of us in some areas, and we have to work to get there as soon as possible.”

Van’t Schip added that he didn’t feel added pressure because of the off-season transformation.

“I don’t feel that it’s going to be more (pressure),” he told AAP.

“The pressure that you have is always there. I had it with the youth teams at Ajax, I had it with the Dutch national team, and in Mexico and here.

“It’s part of the job. The most important thing is that you manage the pressure in the right way and it helps you to actually perform better.”

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