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A-League coach believes ‘hype’ surrounding Marco Tilio was the reason he won’t feature in Qatar

A-League coach believes ‘hype’ surrounding young Socceroos hopeful Marco Tilio was the ultimate reason why he was cut from the World Cup squad – despite playing in the recent playoffs and against New Zealand

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo believes the ongoing ‘hype’ surrounding Marco Tilio hindered the youngster’s selection cause ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Despite featuring in the Socceroos‘ squad for June’s World Cup playoffs – and the two-game September series against New Zealand – Tilio was overlooked by Graham Arnold.

Debate on whether Tilio should go to Qatar, as well as his failure to start the season in City’s XI, led to constant questions being asked about the former Sydney FC prodigy.

‘The hype hasn’t helped,’ Kisnorbo said ahead of Saturday’s away clash against the Newcastle Jets.

‘Every week we get asked about Marco, it’s only normal that sometimes people listen.’

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo believes the ongoing 'hype' surrounding Marco Tilio hindered the youngster's selection cause ahead of the World Cup

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo believes the ongoing ‘hype’ surrounding Marco Tilio hindered the youngster’s selection cause ahead of the World Cup

Tilio, 21, was part of the Socceroos' squad for June's World Cup playoffs - and the September series against New Zealand (pictured) - but didn't make the cut for Qatar

Tilio, 21, was part of the Socceroos’ squad for June’s World Cup playoffs – and the September series against New Zealand (pictured) – but didn’t make the cut for Qatar

Kisnorbo has urged Tilio to use his World Cup rejection as motivation, rather than kick stones.

‘He’s OK. Unfortunately, it’s part of football and these are sometimes the down moments you get, but knowing his character and what he is, this can be used for motivation,’ the City coach added.

‘He’s young, he’s got a lot of World Cups, potentially, to be part of.

‘This is a test of his career. I’m sure he’ll go through this and do himself proud and work harder and hopefully one day we’ll see him at a World Cup.’

Kisnorbo said both of City’s Qatar-bound attackers – striker Jamie Maclaren and veteran winger Mathew Leckie – could feature at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Arnold has stated telling players such as Tilio they have missed out on World Cup selection is the 'worst part' of his job

Arnold has stated telling players such as Tilio they have missed out on World Cup selection is the ‘worst part’ of his job

‘We’ll see how training goes,’ he stated earlier this week. ‘They’ve done fantastically well.’

Saturday’s other A-League action sees the Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium from 7.45pm when the Sky Blues entertain Western Sydney Wanderers.

The atmosphere promises to be electric, with Milos Ninkovic lining up for Marko Rudan’s side.

The Serbian superstar spent seven seasons with Sydney FC – and is arguably the club’s greatest ever player – before departing in controversial circumstances in June after he was told he would be used off the bench this campaign.


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