Melbourne Victory will have to move on quickly from its record equalling 5-0 loss to Brisbane Roar on Saturday night as focus shifts back to Asian Champions League.
The result highlighted Melbourne’s current domestic form, in which it has only picked up one win in its last five games. Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat said that while the chance to analyse the performance will come, his focus is now on Suwon Bluewings tomorrow night.
“We’ll get an opportunity to look back on that before our next league game but at this point in time I think we’ve got to respect the game that’s ahead of us and prepare as best as we possibly can for an important game tomorrow night,” Muscat said.
Muscat goes into this clash with a full strength squad and has put pressure on his players to fight for their spot.
“The reality is after Saturday night everybody in the squad’s available,” he said.
“Everybody’s available and no one is safe, no one is certain.”
Victory has had a strong start to its Asian Champions League campaign, sitting on top of group G after beating Shanghai SIPG in its opening game before taking a point on the road against Gamba Osaka.
“In the Champions League we’ve performed very well in the two games we’ve played so far and tomorrow night has to be a reflection of that; a good performance that gives us an opportunity to take three points.”
Sydney FC has also struggled with its domestic form of late as its Asian Champions League campaign started. Muscat said that while managing both competitions is difficult, he embraces the challenge.
“There’s no doubt that being involved in both competitions brings us some challenges,” he said.
“If the challenge is a burden, you’re in the wrong place.”