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City up there with Roar best: Luke Brattan

Luke Brattan believes Melbourne City's current strength in depth is unmatched in A-League history.

City up there with Roar best: Luke Brattan

Luke Brattan believes Melbourne City's current strength in depth is unmatched in A-League history.

Luke Brattan, a three-time champion with Brisbane Roar, says Melbourne City have an even better squad than the legendary A-League force.

And he wants City to turn their strength in depth into a maiden championship over the next month.


Under Ange Postecoglou, the Roar side of 2010-11 and 2011-12 became the first team to claim back-to-back titles - before adding a third championship two seasons later under Mike Mulvey.

It's a period of success unmatched in the competition's 12-season history.

Brattan was there throughout - missing the first grand final, coming on as a substitute in the second and starting the third - and says he sees more all-around quality at City.

"This squad is better than the one I was in at Brisbane," he said.

"I know its hard to say that but the quality we have all across the park is phenomenal.

"We can do things when we play well and we all gel together. It's scary. We see that day in, day out at training. If we can do that then (winning the league will be) no problems."

Brattan, on loan from English Premier League sister club Manchester City, said City's strength in depth beat out even runaway champions Sydney FC.

"I didn't say it's a better team, it's an all-round better squad. That doesn't mean you're going to win more games," he said.

"The Sydney squad is not the best squad but they're a good group. They're consistent and they've broken records. It's a credit to them.

"The individuals we have in this squad are phenomenal and it's rare to get that in a squad with the salary cap."

Brattan, 27, said he would be doing his best to impart his A-League finals experience on to his teammates, who have little history in the Australian playoffs.

"It's exciting times. Some of the boys here it's their first time," he said.

"Like the FFA Cup, it's different to the normal league game. Bigger crowds. More to play for.

"You've got to cherish that moment. You've got to live in the moment and you don't want to come off at the end with any regrets.

"The quality we have in this squad is unbelievable but sometimes that's not enough.

"It's about heart, the will to win and we've got that."

Brattan confirmed City's squad to take on Perth Glory in Sunday's elimination final was "100 per cent fit", with the exception of long-term absentees Fernando Brandan, Corey Gameiro and Steve Kuzmanovski.

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