Bozanic: Victory can handle 40-plus games

FFA Cup finalists Melbourne Victory will play more than 40 matches if they are to fulfil their ambition this season and Oliver Bozanic believes they’ve got the squad depth to cope and succeed.

Victory takes on Perth Glory in the cup final on Saturday, the fifth game of their run, as they seek to lift their first piece of silverware for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Kevin Muscat has been open about his ambition to win back-to-back A-League titles, as well as being bullish about the club’s prospects in the AFC Champions League (ACL).

History suggests success in the A-League and ACL is hard to come by, with Western Sydney Wanderers’ continental triumph coming at the expense of their A-League campaign, where they ultimately finished second last.

Victory’s current squad appears one of the strongest in A-League history and Bozanic said that gave them confidence they could re-write history in 2015-16.

“We have the belief in our team – we believe we can do well in all of the leagues,” Bozanic told FourFourTwo.

“It’s obviously extra games and extra travel on top of the season already, but all the coaching staff do a really good job in making sure we’re all in peak performance before every game.

“We have a lot of depth in the squad. If some players need a rest, we’re able to look at other players as well, who can perform at the top level.”

With Victory’s prospective travel commitments later in the season with the ACL, they are fortunate to be able to host the FFA Cup final, much to Glory’s dismay.

“We’ve had a busy schedule ourselves so it’s nice to have the home ground advantage,” Bozanic said.

“To have our great supporters behind us and backing us all the way, we’re excited for that.”

Bozanic has never played in a cup final before, reaching the semi-final stage with Luzern in Switzerland.

The 26-year-old fringe Socceroo has played at the World Cup and in A-League Grand Finals with Central Coast and knows how to handle the big stage.

However, he conceded the FFA Cup is something new and something different.

“It’s very exciting. It’s a cup final,” he said. “It’s only a new competition within the a-league structure.

“It’s still new and very exciting. It’s a massive thing to play for.”