Melbourne Victory’s title defence is starting to crumble

Kevin Muscat is the head manager of Melbourne Victory and his main task of this season is to protect the A-League Championship title which he lifted in the previous season but this mission is starting to slip away from his hands after sustaining his 3rd successive defeat when Perth Glory emerged as the victorious team when both sides met on December 16 at the nib Stadium in Perth.

Melbourne Victory were the favorites of claiming the victory in this match but Kevin Muscat and his players failed to win the game as the final scoreboard of the game was 1-0 in favor of the home team with the only goal of the entire match arriving from Diego Castro at the 74th minute.

Danny Vukovic had made a splendid performance in this game as the goal-keeper of Melbourne Victory was working hard keeping the scoreboard goal-less but there was little that he could do to deny Castro from scoring. Perth Glory had a few other chances of increasing their lead as they were the team that was clearly performing better.

The team of Kevin Muscat is definitely not playing in the same level that they displayed at the earlier stages of the season and this is something that will have to change and fast in order for Melbourne Victory to keep themselves in the top spots of the A-League and to still have a shot of defending their league title which is still possible as the season has a long way to go but the defeats have to stop arriving. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory have made a poor start to the league campaign

Melbourne Victory have made a poor start to the league campaign after taking only four points from the opening three games, but this run does not concern manager Kevin Muscat.

The manager remains confident that the players are good enough to start picking results sooner rather than later. The team recently suffered a 1-0 narrow defeat against Newcastle Jets. This does not bode well for the upcoming game against Wellington Phoenix in front of their own supporters. The A-League is only a couple of matches old for the 2015/16 season, but the team are already finding themselves in the middle of the table.

Table leaders Sydney have been able to open a six-point advantage already after having dropped only two points so far. This will be a sizeable advantage even at this early stage. Apart from having to contend with the threat from Sydney, Melbourne Victory also need to overcome the likes of Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets if they are to become successful this season. After having performed exceptionally well and won the title last season, it is turning out into a potential mediocre campaign for Victory. Muscat says that the way his team are playing gives him no reason for concern. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory are keen to extend their trophy Cabinet

Melbourne Victory are keen to extend their trophy Cabinet according to manager Kevin Muscat who says that the team will not be resting on their laurels for the upcoming match against Adelaide United.

This FFA cup quarter-final match will see the two teams going head-to-head in a bid to compete in the semifinals. Melbourne Victory are amongst the eight teams still left in the competition and they are seen as one of the favourites to win the title. The desire to win the title is much greater after having suffered an exit at a similar stage last season.

The round of 16 provided a huge scare for Melbourne Victory after they could only manage a narrow 3-2 victory over Rockdale City Suns. During the previous rounds, though, they have been fairly comfortable and this was demonstrated by the 6-0 thrashing of Balmain Tigers in the round of 32. Dylan Murnane has been one of the star players during pre-season and he is likely to get the nod against Adelaide United. This will be a major opportunity for him to impress and make himself a permanent fixture in the Melbourne Victory team. Despite already having played several matches in this year’s competition, the game against Adelaide will be the first on home soil for Melbourne. Continue reading

Can Ben Khalfallah lead Melbourne to the A-League title?

Last season, Melbourne Victory were crowned A-League champions after a gruelling campaign. Tunisia international Fahid Ben Khalfallah played a key role in their success after joining the club last September. Ben Khalfallah played 27 matches for Melbourne in the 2014-15 campaign, scoring five goals and racking up numerous assists.

Although his performances were impressive, he may improve further now that he has fully adapted to the pace and style of Australia’s primary soccer competition.  One of the most important aspects of a footballer’s development is his happiness – both on and off the field. It is crucial that a player is happy if he is to perform at his optimum level.  Continue reading

Ji sung Park believes that the club’s new signing has many Advantages

Former Manchester United star Ji sung Park believes that the club’s new signing from Holland, Memphis Depay, has a potential to become one of the best players in the world.

United experienced the transformation of Cristiano Ronaldo from being a player with talent to the best player in the world without a doubt. The Portuguese superstar was signed for just £ 18 million and later sold to Real Madrid for a mammoth £ 80 million. The progress of such a player does not happen always, but Park has seen enough in United’s new signing –Depay – to suggest that the club have a winner on their hands.

The PSV Eindhoven player has been brought to the club for £ 25 million. Even though manager Louis van Gaal did admit that the price had been increased due to the entry of Paris St Germain as a viable alternative, it is still seen as a value for money proposition by many former players.Depay has shown a lot of potential during his time in Holland. The 21 year-old scored 26 goals and created five assists in just 36 games. These may be extraordinary statistics, but there have been several Dutch players who have arrived with similar figures and have failed to deceive in the Premier League. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory will be going into the final game of the season

Melbourne Victory will be going into the final game of the season against Sydney FC with an opportunity to win the club’s third league title. Manager Kevin Muscat says that this recognition will be extremely important for the club supporters.

Melbourne and Sydney are level on points as the season heads into the final game. It is expected that as much as 30,000 people will be turning out for this match, which is now a sellout. After having won titles during the 2006-07 and the 2008-09 season, Melbourne have gone a long time without reclaiming the league title. This is all about to change even if they avoid defeat against Sydney.

The considerably better goal difference over the second-placed team is likely to help calm some nerves ahead of the match. Muscat says that Melbourne Victory fans have had to wait six years for a title and it is too long for a club that has big aspirations. A spectacular run of form over the last couple of months has seen Melbourne lose only one match. The 1-0 defeat against Newcastle Jets stands out from the crowd of victories. Since this defeat against Newcastle at the start of April, Melbourne have won the last four matches. Continue reading

Kevin Muscat downplayed chances of his team winning the Australian A-League title

Melbourne Victory manager Kevin Muscat has downplayed the chances of his team winning the Australian A-League title this season. This was despite the team managing their top position in the league standings after a 3-0 win over Wellington Phoenix, who were seen as one of the potential challengers for the title. This defeat has said Wellington drop to fourth in the table with Melbourne opening a two-point advantage along with a game in hand. The Australian A-League has been very tight this season, but Melbourne can extend the advantage with a win from the game in hand.

This would be seen as a strong position for the club, but Muscat is not getting carried away by the recent run of form. Melbourne have not been defeated in the league since the start of March. They have dropped only four points since the 3-2 loss against Wellington. Melbourne Victory have been trying to win the league title for a long time, but this is the first that they have led the table since the 2008-09 season. The players at the club certainly do not seem to have the experience required to win a title and Muscat will have a major job on his hands to maintain the form. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory were part of Thrilling Draw against Sydney Wanderers

Melbourne Victory were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sydney Wanderers at the Allianz stadium, but the away team boss Kevin Muscat was extremely unhappy with the way the game panned out. Melbourne looked on course for a victory but they were denied by a controversial penalty awarded by the referee.

There were two penalties awarded to the home team in both halves. However, Muscat was unhappy with the second penalty that was scored by Smeltz since he felt that it was awarded for minimal or even no contact.

Refereeing decisions have been the focus in recent weeks with even top leagues being criticised for poor standard of refereeing. Muscat stated that the Australian A-League is also suffering as a result of it. He feels that fans could be turned away from the game if this continues for long. Smeltz ended up scoring the equaliser with five minutes of normal time remaining. Continue reading

Melbourne Victory first Defeat in the League

Melbourne Victory sustained their first league defeat of the season after locking horns with their rivals Melbourne City FC on December 25 at the Aami Park in a match that concluded with a 1-0 victory for Melbourne City.

Erik Paartalu scored the only goal of the entire match during the last few moments of the game as the midfielder connected with a cross from Mate Dugandzic and headed it into the back of the net of their opponents.

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A raft of injuries and suspension appears to have decimated the Melbourne Victory squad in the last few weeks. This has put a lot of pressure on manager Kevin Muscat, but he says that he has a very strong squad capable of dealing with such issues. Melbourne Victory have been one of the top teams in the Australian A-League this season after having been undefeated in the opening four matches. They sit at top of the table along with Sydney. However, the team had to pay a huge price for this good start after suffering three injuries and suspensions in the latest match against Melbourne City.

Melbourne Victory suffered a 4-2 defeat in this FFA Cup quarter-final match against Melbourne City, but more worryingly, the team will be without a number of key players for the match against Wellington. Manager Muscat, though, said that he has enough strength in depth to be able to replace some of the players. It remains to be seen if he can name five potential first-team replacements in the space of a few days. Matthieu Delpierre and Besart Berisha were the names to suffer an injury during the match, while Archie Thompson was ruled out of the match after injuring during the warmup.

“Trying to put all that aside, it’s disappointing to bow out of a tournament at this stage. We wanted to progress and at the start of the game I thought we showed that intent in the way we were playing. It just wasn’t meant to be, nothing went right on the night. But sifting through the debris now, we’ll have the best side available out on the park on Monday night,” said Muscat. The only dropped points for Melbourne Victory decision has come in the 1-1 draw with Adelaide United a few weeks ago.