Victory ready to battle it out for Glory


Melbourne Victory is focussed on consolidating its place in the Hyundai A-League’s top two, starting this Saturday night against Perth Glory.

Victory hosts Perth at AAMI Park in Round 23, after its 1-0 loss away to Sydney FC last weekend.

While the club has a nine-point buffer from third-placed City, it faces a tough fortnight that also includes a trip to play Brisbane Roar in Round 24.

Perth, unbeaten in five matches, beat Victory 2-1 at nib Stadium when the two teams last met in Round 16.

“We’re looking to put on a performance. We know if we perform to our best we’ll get the three points,” said Victory captain Carl Valeri.

“They’ve got some fantastic players up front – players who I enjoy watching. It’ll be a great game. It’s a very important game.

“We’ll set up our structure like we do every week to try and perform against a good team.

“The next two games against Perth and Brisbane are important games for us to consolidate our position on that ladder.

“Ultimately, at the business end of the season, that’s what you want. We really want to consolidate ourselves in that second position.”

Victory announced on Wednesday that Valeri had signed a one-year contract extension at the club.

“I love playing for the club, I love being around the team. It’s a great feeling here. I’m proud to have re-signed for another year,” he said.

“This is a proud club with a proud history. As long as I can contribute, I want to play and enjoy myself.”

Tickets for Victory’s match against Perth at AAMI Park are available here.