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

Franjic talks up Roar chances

As the Hyundai A-League season comes into the business end of the competition there have been some question as to whether the reigning champions Brisbane Roar can go all the way once again this season.

However that does not seem to be a concern for Australia defender Ivan Franjic, who is more than confident in his side’s abilities despite their recent wobble at the end of the regular season.

Without a victory in their last two matches, the factor of knowing they are guaranteed finals football appears to have been their undoing and perhaps some complacency has crept into the side over the last couple of fixtures. Continue reading