Pre-season pledge drives Victory in Finals Series


Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat says his side is determined to make good on a pre-season pledge to win the Hyundai A-League Championship.

Victory hosts Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Sunday for a place in the Hyundai A-League 2017 Grand Final against either Sydney FC or Perth Glory.

With three Hyundai A-League Championships apiece, both Victory and Roar are aiming to become the first club to win four.

But that milestone matters little to Muscat, who has been involved in all of Victory’s titles as either a player or a coach.

“We made a commitment at the start of the season as a group that we wanted to achieve something,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“Once you’ve made a commitment, the motivation side of things doesn’t really come into consideration.

“If we start worrying about two weeks’ time, what will it mean, who gets their name etched in history and whatever it may be, we’ll miss some details.

“Our focus is clear and it’s on Sunday. We’ll be prepared and ready to go, and we’ll put a performance in that’s good enough to take us to the next game.”

Victory has not played a game since April 14, giving Muscat an opportunity to freshen the playing squad up.   

Roar has had a much different schedule, with last week’s Elimination Final win over Western Sydney Wanderers followed by an AFC Champions League game in Thailand.

Muscat said he expected to see Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young, who had 26 stitches in his arm after colliding with a goalpost in Thailand, in action against Victory.

“If I had a few stitches in my arm and I was in goal, I reckon I’d be playing,” he said.

Tickets for Sunday’s Semi Final between Victory and Roar at AAMI Park are available here.