Berisha’s thirst for success


Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha says he’s looking forward to taking on his former teammates for the first time this Friday night.

Berisha, who won two Championships during his time at Brisbane Roar, said he was ready to experience a Melbourne Victory vs. Brisbane Roar clash in Victory colours.

“I feel good, like all other games, I feel fantastic. I am really enjoying my football in Melbourne,” the 29-year-old said.

“Of course I’m glad to have a home game. It’s always a very special feeling to play in front of our crowds. It’s a great atmosphere. Yeah, it’s against my old club and I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a fantastic game.

“They know me very well, but they didn’t really experience playing against me.

“They are a great side, great players, I know them well too. I have to work even harder to try and play even better and have success in this game.”

Berisha said he wasn’t expecting his former teammates to do him any favours on the pitch when the two teams take to Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

“For me, I have a lot of friends there but this game is very important for Melbourne Victory and of course I need to be professional and focus on my team and our game plan, but after the game I hope to speak to them.”

Asked if he expected any taunts from the traveling Brisbane fans, Berisha said Victory’s vocal support would drown out any messages from the fans in orange.

“I think we have a lot of our supporters here so I don’t think I will be able to hear that,” Berisha said.

“But in football that is the way, if you hurt the other team, always you get booed.”

And the Albanian said if he were to score on Friday night, he hasn’t even thought about what, if any, celebrations he will partake in.

“If I score, it will be good,” he said. 

“This is the first thing – but I will see about the celebrations, it all depends.”

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