Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory are back to kicking off another thrilling round of football in Australasia’s premier club football competition at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia against John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar. Brisbane Roar are 8-4-2 (28 points), good for top of the ladder, while the hosts Melbourne Victory are 6-3-5 (21 points), good for fifth in the race for A-League Finals Series placement.
There has been talk of the Victory going after prized Socceroo James Troisi, however, those talks have been dismissed. Nonetheless, the hosts will be heading into the match with Brisbane understrength, with a number of players away due to international duty.
“Our performances within games have been outstanding but for nowhere near long enough, and to win games you need to be at that level for long periods of time… there have been glimpses of very good performances but we need to sustain that,” Muscat said. “To do that we have to switch on mentally, our attitude’s got to be right, our willingness to work for each other throughout that will return points for us – I have no doubt.”
The match will also be a strong test for Melbourne heading into imminent AFC Champions League action.
“The club has never got out of the group (stage) in the Asian Champions League, and that’s something I personally want to do,” Victory’s Leigh Broxham said. “I want to see how far we can get, and I’ve got no doubt the club and ‘Musky’ as a coach, is pretty adamant he wants to get out of the group this year.
“Home games are very important. Traveling Asian teams are two completely different sides from home and away. I personally love playing in the Champions League. You get your chance to test yourself against the best players in Asia.”
Join The Stoppage Time’s Jo-Ryan Salazar for all the action from AAMI Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. PT/3:40 a.m. ET on Friday, with the Live Blog scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Thursday)/1 a.m. ET. The match kicks off Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League.