Kevin Muscat: Derby history means nothing


Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat believes recent editions of the Melbourne Derby will matter little to the outcome of Saturday night’s clash with City.

Victory is winless in its past four matches against City, including two losses in October in the Hyundai A-League and Westfield FFA Cup.

But Victory holds a slight head-to-head advantage over City in the Hyundai A-League, with eight wins and five draws in 20 encounters.

“I’ve put all my thoughts on tomorrow night,” Muscat said on Friday. “Just like when results have gone well for us, I don’t look back.

“It’s a totally different situation. A lot of games have been played since the last one. Things didn’t go well on that night, and tomorrow it’s our opportunity to force things to go our way.”

Muscat believes the Melbourne Derby has only grown in stature over the years.

“There’d be players from other clubs watching the derbies, the Sydney one and the Melbourne one, with a little bit of envy,” he said.

“It’s always a nice occasion and a little bit different to a normal week, albeit there’s only three points available.

“In terms of the league table it’s only three points, but in terms of everything else there’s a lot more on the line.

“No one needs to tell me what this means to our fans. We want to send them home with a smile on their face, and we’ll be doing everything possible to make that happen.”