Victory want it all

Ahead of tonight’s ACL clash against Gamba Osaka, Melbourne Victory’s attacking left back Daniel Georgievski says that regardless of the gruelling home and away travel schedule his Victory teammates want to win it all.

During his time in Europe Georgievski, 28 played in Champions League games for Romanian powerhouse club FC Steaua Bucharest.

The 2013/14 Cup competition saw Steaua in the same group as EPL giants Chelsea, German Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 and Swiss team FC Basel. 

Georgievski came up against stars like Samuel Eto, Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard just to name a few.

While the Asian Champions League is gaining in quality and exposure with every edition Georgievski says you cannot equate the two competitions.

“I can’t really compare it to Europe,” he said.

“I tried to in certain aspects but the Champions League overseas is obviously much more advanced than the Asian one.

“The Asian Champions League is getting bigger with teams bringing in big names. But at the same time you got to have 11 quality players not just three or four. And that is the difference with Champions League in Europe. Because European teams have in each position a much higher quality players that say in Asia where it’s three or four.

“The comparison is – it’s getting there slowly but at the same time it was just more open. It was more open than what I experienced overseas.”

Victory came away with a surprise 2-1 win against Shanghai SIPG in their opening Group game in the ACL last week and Georgievski believes that Victory got the win because they wanted it more than their opponents. 

“We deserved the win,” he said. “They had chances as did we. They hit the post, we hit the post. 

“So it was a pretty open game. It’s just at the end who was more willing to win. That was the whole thing. It was back and forth back. It was much more open than what I was expecting. Their front four were very good. They were quality players you can see by far they are quality.

“At the same time we wanted to win as much as they did it’s just that we ended up with the result and they didn’t.”

After their 1-1 draw in the Derby against Sydney FC last Saturday night Melbourne Victory caught a Sunday morning flight for the game against Gamba Osaka in Japan.

Georgievski says that while enduring the physical toll of competing in multiple games a week will be hard playing in tournaments like the ACL is what players want. 

“It is tough playing every three or four days, home and away and with long trips,” he said. 

“But that’s all we live for. That’s why we want to be in this competition. It comes with the territory. We want to win it all at the end of the day.

“A few of the players have played Champions league and have had that gruesome schedule where you are playing a Wednesday and a Saturday week in week out so they remember it. Just all doing it together is one good thing. Like getting the positive vibes up. You’re tired and you are wrecked but just being together like one big family we are helping each other out.”

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.