What have the players been up to during the AFC Asian Cup break? We take a look as the team prepares for Sunday’s blockbuster clash.
With nearly three weeks between Melbourne Victory’s 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on January 6 and Sunday’s match against Perth Glory at nib Stadium, the players enjoyed a short break before returning to training in preparation for the second half of the Hyundai A-League season.
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Of course, many eyes were on the AFC Asian Cup, with Socceroos midfielder James Troisi, who scored in Australia’s opening 4-1 win against Kuwait, earning praise from a former Melbourne Victory team-mate in Gui Finkler.
And there was plenty of love for Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan, who scored from the penalty spot in the Socceroos’ 4-0 drubbing of Oman, as well as former Melbourne Victory star Robbie Kruse.
Archie Thompson also caught some of the AFC Asian Cup action at AAMI Park, where his son, Axel, was on the sidelines for Jordan’s 5-1 win against Palestine.
The Australian Open rolled into town, providing Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha with a chance to meet former world No.1 and dual US Open winner Patrick Rafter.
Naturally, there were regular visits to Rocco & Coe too.
Elsewhere, Melbourne Victory’s Daniel Georgievski was looking sharp for the christening of his little nephew.
Having returned from the mid-season break, the team is well and truly focused on Sunday’s trip across the Nullabor, with only four points separating Melbourne Victory in third place and Perth Glory at the top of the table.