Victory aims to continue historic run
A win in the second leg of its Asian Champions League (ACL) round of 16 matchup against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will see Melbourne Victory into the ACL quarter finals for the first time in club history.
Victory’s play away from the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in the group stage thus far has been solid, losing just once and drawing twice.
The good form away from home will need to continue if Victory is any chance of making the quarter finals.
As Jeonbuk scored a vital away goal in the first leg, the boys in blue will need to score at least one goal or the 2006 ACL Champions will advance to the next round.
Victory coach Kevin Muscat will most likely place an emphasis on his side attacking at all costs in order to score a crucial away goal.
Victory striker Besart Berisha said, “We have to score and I believe we will.”
“It’s an unbelievably important game for the club,” he added.
If Melbourne is to fall short just before the final eight, the 2015/16 season will feel like somewhat of a disappointment.
The club won its first FFA Cup all the way back on November 7th of last year, but just scraped into the A-League finals.
A 92nd minute winner by the Brisbane Roar knocked the Victory out of the finals, meaning they were unable to repeat as A-League champions, which was the side’s goal heading into the season.
Win or lose, it will be the final time that Mathieu Delpierre, Kosta Barbarouses and club stalwart Archie Thompson will wear the Victory blue.
All three men will be aiming to help push Victory into the next round, with New Zealander Barbarouses saying, “We really need to start well and hopefully…take more chances than we did in the last game…”
Both sides should field its strongest possible 11 when the game kicks off at 8:00pm. Victory are playing just their third game this month, while Jeonbuk will field 10 different players to those who started its K-League match against the Jeonnam Dragons on the weekend.