Melbourne Victory boss, Kevin Muscat, has warned his players to be wary against bottom of the table Western Sydney when the two sides meet in an all important A-League clash tonight.
The deep dark blues head in to the tie as hot favourites with The Wanderers sitting last on the ladder. Many experts also believe that Muscat’s men will have more staying power with Sydney having played just two days ago in a catch up match against Melbourne City. A late Nikita Rukavytsa strike sealed a 3-2 win against our cross town rivals and Muscat is wary that a winning momentum could see them over come any fatigue.
“If we have that mentality we’ll (get hurt),” Muscat said in a pre game press conference when asked about any advantage his side may have.
“It’s not ideal for them, but it won’t make any difference if we don’t turn up and prepare well and work hard and play at a real high tempo. And that’s been the message.
“We’ve got to get out there and focus and zoom in on the here and now. We’ve got to get really boring and say ‘let’s just worry about the next game and take three points’.”
A win is a must for Victory if they are to get their minor premiership aspirations back on track. The blues have now slipped to fourth after spurning a number of opportunities to take total control at the top of the A-League. Fans are slowly becoming tired of watching their side fail to kill off teams despite almost total domination.
Lapses at the back have been the main issue and you have to wonder if the pressure is building on Muscat to get things right and how long the board will be willing to give him if he fails to deliver a trophy this season.