“We are going to beat them” – Muscat lays down gauntlet

Kevin Muscat seemed more determined than ever following his sides 1-0 semi-final win against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

The Victory manager was in high spirits following “one of those memorable nights” that saw Besart Berisha notch up his 50th goal for the club against his former side.

Yet Muscat was keen to highlight the performance of the entire team.

“The performance was outstanding from start to finish,” Muscat said.

“There were that many selfless acts today.

“More times than not we will see someone win the ball, but the credit nine times out of ten should go to the person before him.

“The first person hardly ever wins the ball but what he does do is create that sloppy pass or rush the player with ball to allow the next person to stick his foot in and win the ball back.”

The Victory were dominate throughout the game but only broke through the Roar defence in the 70th minute thanks to Berisha’s header.

However Muscat was immediately looking towards the Grand Final next week against Sydney, and wasn’t fazed by the three defeats his side have received by Graham Arnold’s men.

“If we analyse the results it will be a pretty quick article,” Muscat explained.

“But if we analyse the performances, there was nothing in the three games.

“In fact it was decisions that didn’t go our way that compounded things and affected the results.

“You could see tonight how fresh we were [after the week off]…and we go to Sydney with all the confidence in the world.”

Muscat’s confidence is clearly filtering through the squad as Berisha sang a very similar tune post match.

“It’s a final, it comes down to who is ready, who wants it and who plays the better football and if we play like [tonight] we have a great chance,” Berisha explained.

Despite connecting with the 70th minute cross from Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Berisha was motivated to improve on his display for the final.

“I need to be more clinical with the chances I have,” added the Victory striker.

“I was a little bit unlucky in the first half because I want to score as quickly as possible

“I don’t want to leave it until extra time but in the end I told myself ‘C’mon keep going, the chance will come again’ and i was very happy when it did.”

Berisha was very happy with his side’s performance and was very grateful for the 20,202 Melbourne Victory fans at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

“We need them so much and I hope we get some support up in Sydney,” he said.

“They are our 12th man in the field because we need them and they have been there for us and we are very thankful for them.

“They have been great again this year and always come in big numbers.

“We will fight for them in the final.”

Melbourne Victory will now face Sydney FC in the 2017 A-League Grand Final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday May 7th.

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