Melbourne Victory is set for a busy week, as the Club prepares to host an A-Leagues double header, while the Academy sides all gear up for their local seasons to begin.
Following a disappointing result in Sydney during Round 19, Victory’s A-League Men have returned home to complete an extended training block thanks to a Labour Day Monday fixture.
Speaking post-Sydney, Victory Boss Tony Popovic took the positives from the defeat, explaining: “The performance is outstanding and that’s what’s really frustrating me at the moment; that I’m sitting here after that performance and we’ve got nothing from the game.”
Western United is the next challenge at AAMI Park, Victory’s home where they’re now unbeaten in their past three games, winning twice and drawing once.
Refreshed and refocussed after another mid-season break, Jeff Hopkins’ side return to action in a huge Melbourne Derby which kicks off Monday’s double header action at AAMI Park.
“I think we’ve we’ve really tried to put a focus this week on a number of things that we didn’t do right and try to use this time to put things right,” Hopkins noted mid-break.
Claiming all three points is crucial for Victory, whose aim is well and truly on making the Finals by cementing their top four spot with four games left.
Victory’s NPL3 season kicks off Sunday week at home to Beaumaris SC, with final pre-season preparations nearing completion.
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The AWT are set for the second round of Football Victoria’s Nike F.C. Cup, taking on Mill Park SC on Saturday at Veneto Club, kicking off at 7:30pm.
Victory’s AWT secured promotion in 2022 and will now be competing in FV’s State League 3 West in 2023.