Popovic on Socceroos pair, #Brox350, Western United clash

Melbourne Victory Head Coach Tony Popovic spoke to media today ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with league-leaders Western United.

Victory holds a 2-0-0 record over Western this season and will be keen to continue winnings ways in Leigh Broxham’s 350th A-League appearance.

Popovic on Western United…

“We played them twice very early in the season and from what I’ve seen, they’ve improved since then and are a better team.”

“But we’re a better team as well and we’ve shown that in the last few weeks.”

“We’re getting stronger and our cohesion is getting better, so it will be a very good match.”

On our form…

“We’ve got to continue on from how we played on the weekend (against City). It was an excellent display when you consider everything we’ve been through.”

“I thought the first half was outstanding in terms of our play, our intensity and our aggression. It was really good to see.”

“Western United is another challenge…if we can bring that quality once more then we know we give ourselves a chance to beat a very good team.”

On Nick D’Agostino and Ben Folami’s Socceroos call-ups…

“We’d love to have them but I’ve always maintained that we want players to reach the highest level they can and achieve their goals and their dreams.”

“At club football if you perform, you get rewarded.”

“Nick and Ben are two great examples for any young footballer. You’re at Melbourne Victory, a big club, you come here wanting to be a better player, wanting to improve, wanting to fight for a spot in the first team.”

“On merit, they’ve been playing regularly. On merit, they’ve been selected for the Socceroos for two huge games for our country.”

“We as a football club and me personally are very happy for both young men. Hopefully they can get some minutes.”

On the Socceroos’ pairs absences tomorrow night…

“It gives an opportunity for these young boys who have been knocking on the door.”

“It’s a chance for some other youngsters to step up in a big game. The pressure will be on and the expectations there.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing who can step up to the mark.”

On Leigh Broxham’s 350th A-League appearance…

“His versatility is clear for everyone to see but I think that takes a bit away from his quality because everyone looks at him as a versatile player but to do that week in week out, you have to have the quality.”

“I’m very, very happy with his contribution to the Club since I’ve been here.”

“He’s been a major contributor over a very long period of time…and he’s making a major contribution to the improvements we’ve made this year.”

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