Georgievski: Sydney fear Victory clean sweep

Melbourne Victory’s winning record in the Big Blue will only be in the minds of Sydney FC players says A-League Champions left back Daniel Georgievski  ahead of tonight’s blockbuster derby at AAMI Park.

Having got the three points in their first two clashes this season, a win against the Sky Blues tonight in their 21st encounter will see the Victory make history with regular season clean sweep.

Georgievski said any talk regarding psychological advantage has not been the focus for Victory leading into the game.

Truthfully I believe that it is nothing more than just what is in Sydney FC’s heads, not ours,” the fullback said.

“Last time we played them at AAMI Park it was the Grand Final and we all know how that ended.

“(But) we don’t really look back at the past games or all that - we just look forward. It’s another game that the other team want to beat us and kill us. So that’s all we have in our mind and that’s all we really care about - to overcome and to win.”

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Both teams were involved in the Asian Champions League this week.

Victory will feel the fresher after playing at home and coming away with a hard fought 2-1 win, while Sydney have had to deal with the physical tiredness of flying back from Japan after a disappointing 2-0 away loss to Urawa Red Diamonds.

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Georgievski  was involved in the win over Shanghai SIPG and denied that Wednesday’s win will see Victory going into the derby more relaxed.

“No, the competitions are different,” he said.

“The stakes are different. With the ACL it’s only six games. The A-League is on all season and that is what we’re striving to win again. So the pressure is on each game.

“We had a big one on Wednesday night. It was very tough. We were happy with the win. A lot of distance was covered from all players. At the same time we have recovered quite well.

“We’re just differentiating the two competitions that we are in but we are focused 100% on Sydney FC whatever comes next comes next and we focus on that game.”

The recent A-League form of both teams has been poor - Victory haven't won in four games, while Sydney are winless in six. But the Victory’s attacking fullback believes that form doesn’t count in these kinds of fixtures.

“It’s a derby,” Georgievski  said. “Yeah we haven’t won the last couple of games but at the same time we aren’t that far off the pace.

“It will be an interesting game because both teams have quality players in each position.

“It’s just the team that has more hunger and more ambition to win and going that extra yard - that is the team that will win in the end.

“But we want to win. We have our goals. As I said at the start of the season we at Victory want to do back to back titles. So we still have that in our minds.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.