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City are Melbourne benchmark: Kewell

Melbourne City striker Tim Cahill has produced a 40-metre goal to mark his arrival in the A-League.
City are Melbourne benchmark: Kewell
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Socceroos legend Harry Kewell believes he's seen a shift in power between Melbourne's A-League clubs take place, stamped by Melbourne City's stunning 4-1 derby win.

Kewell, who played for both Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart towards the end of his decorated playing career, suggested there was no doubt as to the better side.

"How the tables have turned," he said.

"Victory was a team that dominated possession. You can just see now City are head and shoulders about Victory at the moment

"It means Victory have to rethink their strategies."

The 38-year-old, who now works as a development coach for English Premier League side Watford, said he still tries to watch as much A-League as he can.

He said he was following his former Socceroos teammate Tim Cahill make a splash in Melbourne, advising him to "just enjoy" the ride at the emerging club.

"You're living in one of the greatest cities in the world and you're playing for a club that is on the up and coming ... tied to a main club in Manchester City who are doing excellent (and) who've got one of the best managers in the world," he said.

"I loved playing in the A-League.

"It's a tough league. Tim probably doesn't realise yet how tough it's going to be. But he's going to be capable enough to deal with it.

"The travel as well is tough. City have gone the right way about it with their training ground and they're probably looking after their players that little bit better."

Victory resume their rivalry with City on Tuesday in an FFA Cup semi-final at AAMI Park.

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