Melbourne City have met one of their goals for the 2017-18 season, but now that that’s out of the way, the ambition-fuelled club is seeking more in the finals.
City have been clear their objective was to reach the Asian Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, and that can now be ticked off the list.
Barring something of a miracle from left-field, the club will compete in Asia next year unless Melbourne Victory find a way to win the A-League championship.
But that crown is exactly what City want, and it is so close, yet so far – just two wins away from fruition.
Warren Joyce’s side will compete with Newcastle Jets for a place in the league’s showpiece, a team it has beaten two of three times this campaign.
Prolific striker Bruno Fornaroli, who City were forced to make do with for much of the season, believes they have a team worthy of winning the title.
“For me, for the rest of the team, it’s not enough to go to the Asian Champions League,” Fornaroli stressed on Tuesday’s Daily Football Show.
“We want to win the finals … I think we have a team to win the finals.”
Fornaroli is no City longer captain, but is always trying to lead his young teammates by example.
Now a City favourite for nearly three seasons, Fornaroli is desperate to help lead the club to more silverware and add to its lone cabinet filler, the 2016 FFA Cup.
“For me, I always try to show my teammates and everyone my best … when I train, when I play, I want to show my passion on the pitch,” the 30-year-old added.
“I’m hungry. I want to win trophies and what I said to the boys is ‘we can go into the history books’ of this club.
“We’ve not won anything yet, only one FFA Cup and now it’s a great moment because we are in a great moment.
“There are only two games in front. First Newcastle, and then we will see.”
Since returning to the pitch, El Tuna has netted five goals and scored the crucial opener in City’s eliminational final win over Brisbane Roar.