Muscat hints at Champions League changes


Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat has hinted at making wholesale changes to his team for Wednesday’s match against Shanghai SIPG.

Victory’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages ended with defeat to Ulsan Hyundai on Match Day 5.

Muscat’s side also has an Elimination Final against Adelaide United four days after the Shanghai match to prepare for.

SIPG, on the other hand, comes to Melbourne with a Round of 16 spot already secured.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Muscat indicated he will use the game to try some new faces.

“There will be opportunities for some players who have maybe not played so much football recently,” Muscat said.

“It’s a good opportunity for individuals and the team to go out and put on a performance.

“I’m looking forward to it, I’m excited for the opportunity that it gives us.”

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Depending on who makes the starting XI, Victory looks set to shape up in a different formation as well.

Muscat said he wanted to give the players who are selected the best chance to showcase their ability.

“There might be an adjustment to make sure that the players out there are given the opportunity to play to their strengths.

“If we decide to go with Pierce [Waring] and Kenny [Athiu] there is the option of that [playing two up front], there is a chance of that happening.”

Wednesday’s match will be SIPG’s second visit to Melbourne after its 2-1 defeat to Victory in the 2016 Group Stage.

Shanghai defeated Melbourne 4-1 at Shanghai Stadium on Match Day 2 back in February.