Melbourne Victory will look to commemorate their 10th anniversary match in style Friday night, when they meet the undefeated Adelaide United in a blockbuster clash at AAMI Park.
Coach Kevin Muscat, who has been at the club since day one, said it was not only important for the current group to respect the club’s history but create some of their own.
“We look back fondly on the last 10 years and pay respect to the history of the football club but it is certainly about affecting what happens from here on in and effectively being a part of history in years to come,” Muscat said.
“I think it is important we acknowledge our past, albeit it is only a short period of time in ten years and we show respect for that but the challenge for the current group is to affect what happens from here on in and effectively make new history so to speak.”
The Adelaide and Melbourne Victory rivalry has had many twists and turns throughout the Hyundai A-League’s short history, and Friday shapes up as another exciting instalment in what is a big occasion for Victory.
“It is fitting we come up against Adelaide, some of our greatest moment have been in games against them, they are in very good form and they are a good team and I can sense a big occasion coming.
“Looking forward to a very good start from us, an electrifying start, the occasion will be great as well and there will be a great atmosphere in there and that should lead to a good game.”
Nick Ansell and Jason Geria have recovered from injury and are available for selection for the clash, while Mattieu Delpierre is still on the sidelines.
“Nick Ansell is available, he has been training for three weeks now and has played two games in the Youth Team, has done very well so he is available for selection. Mattieu (Delpierre) not quite yet no but Jason Geria and everyone else is fit and available.”