Melbourne Victory midfielder, Carl Valeri, has issued an ominous warning to the rest of A-League saying that the deep dark blues will only get better as the finals draw nearer.
Victory put in arguably their best display of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 win away to the Wellington Phoenix. It was a totally dominant display that totally rubbished my claim that they lack the killer instinct to be a truly topside. Not once did Ernie Merrick’s boys from across the ditch cause us any problems, and once we got in front we killed the game off by being well-organised and good in possession. But despite the seemingly faultless display Valeri has told reporters that boss Kevin Muscat still found issues that need to be resolved and that they will only get better as these are ironed out.
"I'd love to say that Kevin was 100 per cent satisfied, but being a good coach he always finds areas that we can work on," Valeri said.
"I think in any good team environment - no matter the last result - there's always room for improvement.
"That's what's great about this club.
"We want to build on what we did against Wellington. There are definitely areas we can work on and improve and maybe get more consistent in others."
Melbourne face off against a hapless Newcastle Jets on Friday night with the opportunity to cement their place at the top of the A-League ladder. Kosta Barbarouses could return to the starting lineup after a spell out with injury but it may be hard to drop veteran Archie Thompson who has performed admirably in the absence of the New Zealand international.