Troisi relishing playmaker role


Melbourne Victory midfielder James Troisi is relishing his role as a playmaker within Kevin Muscat’s new-look formation and believes this week’s home clash with Central Coast is the perfect opportunity to build on a last weekend’s win.

“[The squad] is feeling good, we’ve recovered and had a positive week on the park,” Troisi said on Friday.

“[In] the first three games we’ve played some fantastic football but didn’t always get the result.

“We had some errors we needed to rectify, which we did last weekend… we want to continue playing that style of football, iron out [the errors] and continue that form.

“Last Saturday night was a good start, but we want to keep it up.”

Troisi has been deployed in a variety of roles across the front three in Victory’s opening three matches of the new campaign and has enjoyed the opportunity to play provider, particularly in the number 10 role.

“It’s been fantastic [playing 10]. I was playing there last season, but on the ball we have a better mix this year. 

“I’m versatile, so if the boss needs me to play that role – or a little deeper – I’ll do what I have to do to play my role for the team.

“At the end of the day I like creating chances for the likes of Kosta, Jai, Ola and Kenny… it’s very satisfying for me to create chances for the other boys.”

Victory entertains the Mariners on Sunday night and Troisi knows the mentality of the team will play a key role in satisfying their objectives on the night and during the season as a whole. 

“We can’t get complacent. We’re at home, which makes a difference, and we should make this a fortress. We want the three points, but we need to get them in the way the boss wants us to play.

“We want to keep the fans happy and get people off their seats on the weekend… we’re all – me personally, the boys, the boss and the club – very ambitious and hungry for success.

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