Fornaroli lapping up pressure
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Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli says embracing the pressure that comes with leading the competition can fire the A-League upstarts to great things this season.
City continued their perfect start to their campaign on Saturday night with a 4-1 win over cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory.
Along with Sydney FC, the club have six points from two matches and proudly sit on top of the ladder, as well as betting markets for the championship.
It's an unfamiliar but not unexpected situation for the club, who have invested heavily towards that outcome.
Fornaroli, in his first campaign as captain, says taking the pressure on board - rather than deflecting it - can be the key to their success.
"I think we need to take this pressure. I like it," he said.
"It's a great start for us.
"Everyone runs and everyone fights for the team and this is very important.
"But (the league) is long. We need to continue to work."
The Uruguayan is delighting in his role as the chief of a new Latin American brigade at City.
Behind the striker is Argentinian attacking duo Nicolas Colazo and Fernando Brandan, with Anthony Caceres' Uruguayan heritage broadening the pack to four.
Despite their shared language, Fornaroli said there was no special treatment for the Spanish speakers, and no splintering among the group.
"Inside the pitch you have only one language, a football language," he said.
"Sometimes inside the pitch I talk in English for them. Or in Spanish for the Australian players. I don't think too much what language I talk. You need to talk with the ball and that's it."
The goal for City's Argentinian imports - unknowns in Australia to all but the most avid football fans - is to enjoy the same status as Fornaroli after one season.
"We hope for Fernando and Nico at the end of the season, everyone talks about them and says they're great players," Fornaroli said.
"It's only two games (so far) for them so I think when we continue to play more games, they come more inside the team, their level will go up."
Fornaroli, so clearly full of ambition, said their sensational 4-1 derby victory was the best performance the club had produced in his stint in Australia.
"Yes, at the moment. But I think the best is coming," he said.