Muscat: Big moments the difference


Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat felt Daegu made the most of its chances in the AFC Champions League clash between the clubs on Wednesday.

A penalty from Edgar Silva and goals from Jeong Tae-wook, Kim Dae-won and Jung Seon-ho saw Daegu to a 4-0 win at Forest Arena.

A youthful Victory had its chances through Kenny Athiu and Elvis Kamsoba, but was unable to capitalise before falling to defeat in Group F.

Speaking at a post-match news conference, Muscat discussed his side’s performance and team selection.

on the game…
“It’s difficult really because we played against a good team with good individuals and to concede the first goal so early, the penalty, and then we had a very, very good chance just before half-time where the keeper makes a very good save and, in the end, we forced a few opportunities, we earnt a few opportunities. In the second half, the goalkeeper made two good saves also, but the better team won. We have no issues.”

on his youthful squad…
“We had a very important game last week. Many players didn’t recover in time for the flight. We also wanted to give opportunity and experience to other members of the team. For their effort tonight, the team put in a good effort, however, in the big moments, the goalkeeper – the Korean international – makes three saves one-on-one with the goalkeeper. At the other end, Kim – also a Korean international – scores a very, very good goal so the difference was in those moments tonight and we have no complaints about the result.”

on Daegu…
“We were aware it is Daegu’s first experience in the AFC Champions League and they earnt that by their performances last season. They also have started the current K League competition very well at this point in time. It was a different game to Melbourne. In Melbourne, we had many chances. We performed I thought better than Daegu in Melbourne and they played very much in transition. They have a nice style of play and a good team and I wish them good luck for the season.”

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