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Adelaide United have an outside chance of finishing in the top two according to the interim manager, Mike Valkanis. Adelaide managed a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets during the weekend. This result prompted the manager to say that the club can hope to finish in this lofty position. As a result of the draw, Adelaide are just five points off the second place in the table. It is currently occupied by Central Coast Mariners. However, this would require the second placed team to drop points when they take on Brisbane Roars on Sunday.
Adelaide United will be taking on the Central Coast Mariners next weekend. They need a favourable result on Sunday if they are to finish in the top two positions. Still, it will need Adelaide to beat the Mariners in the match that will take place in the last week of March. Adelaide came into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them win just two matches in the last five encounters. It looked like they were on the verge of a defeat after Newcastle managed to open the scoring in the 44th minute through Bridges.
However, it did not take long for Adelaide to equalise the match after Carrusca’s goal in the 49th minute gave them hope that they can win the match.
“It’s one of those moments when I’m glad I’m not a linesman or referee. Look we were celebrating we thought we won the game. In the end and just looking at the replay I can’t see where the offside and how it was offside but we can’t do anything about that now that’s been done. You go into our dressing room right now and the boys looked like they’ve lost the grand final,” said the Adelaide manager.
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Brisbane Roars managed to lift successive titles until the management of Ange Postecoglou, who is currently in charge of Melbourne Victory. Postecoglou will be returning to Brisbane for the second time this season, but he sees his former team in a bad shape at the moment. The club are currently seventh in the Australian league table, which has only 10 teams. Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, do have the opportunity to get into the top two positions of the table. The club are third in the table, but only a few points separates them from the second placed Central Coast United.
Postecoglou has said that it is not surprising to see his former team struggled because the teams that easily win the league struggle in the subsequent seasons. He has said that the achievements of Brisbane over the last three years has been nothing short of outstanding and extraordinary. This in turn requires a lot of energy and emotion out of the team. In a way, Brisbane are paying for the success that they achieved under his regime. Melbourne come into the match against Brisbane after having finally broken the three match consecutive defeat with a 5-0 win over Newcastle Jets. Postecoglou has said that he is not sure about the reception that he will get from his former fans.
“If you look at the history of the A-League, teams that win the competition usually struggle the year after. What we did last year was pretty extraordinary to be able to back up. A lot of teams that won the title even found it hard to make finals the year after. That takes out a lot of energy, a lot of emotion and it maybe caught up with them this year. It certainly didn’t help amid some uncertainty and the club being unsettled,” said Postecoglou.
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The Melbourne Victory manager Ange Postecoglou has said that he wants his team to get the top spot ahead of Central Coast after the brilliant victory over Sydney FC. After winning back-to-back titles with Brisbane Roars, Postecoglou had been given the opportunity to lead the key to the title. Even though the team did not start the league campaign in the best manner, they have been extremely good in recent months. This has seen them close the gap on the leaders Central Coast, while the recent 2-1 win over Sydney FC only helped them stay in touch with them.
After the win over this tough team, Postecoglou said that he has now set his sights on catching Central Coast at the top of the table. The two teams have played 18 games apiece, and Melbourne Victory trail the leaders by just five points. They have managed to win three out of the last five matches. This incredible run of form close the gap in recent weeks, but the manager is looking at the possibility of going to the top of the table. The form of the striker Marco Rojas has been one of the key reasons in the revival in the last few months. He has been linked with Liverpool and Juventus in the last few weeks.
“We want top spot, we haven’t shied away from that. It’s where we want to finish. We’ve been chipping away, we’re in second spot now and there’s only one spot to go. There’s only nine games to go and the Mariners are going really well. There’s a bit of a gap to bridge but we can do that over the next few weeks if we can get over teams that are around us. I’m very pleased because there was a big build up to the game,” said Postecoglou.
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The A-league club Melbourne Victory will be looking to keep the attacker Marco Rojas at the club during the transfer window, while also looking to add to the squad already present. The injury to the Brazilian Gui Finkler means that he is set to undergo a knee operation shortly. The transfer window will be opening on January 14, and the manager Ange Postecoglou has dismissed suggestions that Marco Rojas will be sold during this period. Instead, the club will be looking to add to the attacking line-up during the transfer window according to the manager.
Melbourne Victory started the new season with the hope of winning the title this season, but they are currently a few points off from achieving the tally this season because they trail the leaders Central Coast Mariners by seven points after having played 15 matches so far this campaign. Victory have had just three wins in the last five matches, which have resulted in them dropping from the leaders. Even though Finkler has been one of the important players for Melbourne Victory this season with seven assists so far this campaign, Postecoglou thinks that the replacement for the Brazilian is necessary given that he is out for the rest of the season.
“We have that opportunity – the January transfer window allows you to bring someone – so we’ll have a look at it. There’s a fair chunk of the season left, but nothing can happen before January 14, so our concern is to make sure we’re right for Wellington. It was pretty clear that he (Finkler) had done something pretty serious. He’s done his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and he’s had to crawl off the pitch without getting any medical help from our people,” said the Melbourne Victory manager Postecoglou after the 2-0 win over Wellington.
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The Melbourne Victory manager Ange Postecoglou has said that he is extremely surprised at the start made by the Western Sydney Wanderers. The club are currently in the sixth position, which will enable them to play in the playoffs if they maintain this position come the end of the season. This is quite impressive start made by the time according to the Melbourne Victory manager, who has recently taken over from Brisbane Roars. Melbourne Victory, themselves, sit in the third position just his points behind the leaders Adelaide United. This is certainly a poor start for Melbourne Victory, who were expected to challenge for the title this season.
However, the six point advantage that Adelaide United hold can be recovered according to the manager of Melbourne Victory. He has also expressed his surprise at the way the opponents this weekend – Sydney Wanderers – have made to the life in the A- League. This is the biggest aspect according to the former Brisbane Roars manager. He has said that he knows how difficult it is to construct a team from the scratch, which is capable of winning the title. Even though it may be a while before Sydney start winning titles, Postecoglou is in glowing praise of the team.
“I think they’ve been outstanding to be honest. They’ve been not just competitive, but played some great football and they’ve been great for the comp. I know how tough it is, what they’ve done. If anything, I thought they may have started tailing off. But they seem to be covering the absences they’ve had, and the foreigners have fitted in pretty well,” said the Melbourne Victory manager ahead of the match with Sydney Wanderers. Three points from this match is extremely crucial if Melbourne Victory are looking to catch Adelaide United at the top of the table.
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The new Melbourne Victory manager Ange Postecoglou has said that he cannot take any positives from the 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of Melbourne Heart. Melbourne Victory were playing in the local derby match against Melbourne Heart. However, the team was coming into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them get beaten by the Greek club Olympiacos in a friendly match. Ange Postecoglou said that his players will be learning from the 4-1 defeat suffered in the friendly match, but they showed no signs of such disappointment in the match against Melbourne Heart as well.
Melbourne Victory are clearly going for the championship title this season. They recruited the former Brisbane Roars manager, who had won the title in back-to-back championships, especially for this reason. However, they have made a bad start to the new season following the 2-1 defeat suffered against their local rivals. After the match, the manager was in an extremely bad mood and said that he could not take any positives from this match because his players played badly in all areas of the pitch. Melbourne Victory conceded goals on either side of the goal from Rojas to lose the match.
“I’m not happy about anything. I’m happy about absolutely zero tonight. Absolutely zero. Forty-two thousand people turned up and we let them down so I’ve got nothing to be happy about, absolutely zero. We can sit here and find a thousand reasons. I don’t care. I really don’t. All I know is that we missed a hell of an opportunity tonight. I’m not interested in trying to find reasons or excuses as to why we didn’t perform,” said the manager after the match. He will be hoping that Melbourne Victory recover quickly when he faces his former club Brisbane Roars in the next match.
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The Melbourne Victory manager Ange Postecoglou has said that the players should not be as ill tempered as they have been in the last few matches because it is still only pre-season. A major brawl erupted between the Phoenix and the Jets in a pre-season friendly match. Only a few days ago, a major brawl erupted between fans of two different clubs prior to the start of the pre-season friendly match. This certainly does not reflect well before the start of the new season according to the Melbourne Victory manager Ange Postecoglou. He has said that he will certainly not tolerate such ill temper at Melbourne Victory.
Ange Postecoglou has won the Australian championship two times in his career and is rated as one of the best coaches in Australia. The Australian league begins only in the first week of September. Melbourne Victory have played a few friendly matches so far, but the results have not been good. They have suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Olympiacos in a recent friendly match. Ange Postecoglou, though, is confident that his players will be able to shake off the bad run of form in a pre-season friendly match to secure victory against Melbourne Heart on the opening day of the season.
“It doesn’t reflect well, that’s for sure. I saw some vision of it (Saturday’s brawl) and I don’t really understand it. I think players and coaches and everyone involved should probably understand this is preseason. I’d be disappointed if it was my team doing that. I think discipline’s part of getting your team ready. We don’t have any stars. We’ll play everyone who’s available,” said Ange Postecoglou ahead of the start of the new season. Melbourne Victory are certainly one of the favourites to lift the title this time around.
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