Tony Popovic Ahead of Wellington

ICYMI, here’s everything you need to know from Tony’s #MelbDerby presser.

On Squad Availability…

“Everyone is fit and available for selection, so that’s crucial to us and we’re pleased about that.”

On finding replacements for the Olyroos boys…

“Obviously we have Roly (Bonevacia) and Fabian Monge, who comes back in, coming back from injury after playing in the VPL on the weekend.”

“We’ve got Broxy, we’ve got Connor (Champan), we have some good options that can play in there. They’ve all been training well and preparing well, waiting for their opportunity.”

On what Bonevacia brings to the midfield dynamic…

“Whenever we’ve put him (Roly) on, regardless of who he’s come on for, he gives you that control in midfield and he always wants the ball.”

“He’s always on the ball, so it allows you to keep good possession and he’s a player that loves to shoot. So he adds something outside the box which you don’t see often from midfielders. And that’s a clear attribute that he has.”

On leaving Wellington with all three points this time around…

“Well, we have to at least match the performance. You know, they’re up there (second on the table) for a reason because they’re doing extremely well and getting the results they require.”

“And at home, they’re strong and as that game last time showed, you know, they came back in the last moment against us, but we played well that day. That will be a minimum requirement.”

“Again, we need to play well. We need to back up this performance against Melbourne City. Try and add a little bit more away from home. It’ll be tough. But you know, an exciting game.”