‘Crazy memories, but you have to move on’ – Antonis

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Terry Antonis is more than used to the word “forlornly” being dropped into conversations, but the Melbourne Victory midfielder hopes that he can overcome Sydney FC in this weekend’s semi finals again, but as a team.

Melbourne Victory lost 4-0 to Daegu FC away last night, but it was training as usual for Antonis and his senior colleagues that did not make the trip to Korea. James Troisi participated in light training, but it remains unclear if the attacking midfielder will be ready for this weekend’s do or die clash.

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“Everyone has one of those moments where you just remember things that happened and for me those were one of those that I’ll always remember,” Antonis said.

“Lately I haven’t been watching it but when it first happened it was crazy.

“It’s crazy memories to have, but you’ve got to move one on from that. We’ve got to go there with the same mentality this weekend as a team and hopefully we can do the same,” he said.

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Reflecting on the UEFA Champions League semi-finals which saw Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur secure an all English final in miraculous fashion, Antonis described it as “amazing”.

“I watched the Liverpool game with our boys, then we tried to watch some this morning but we were a bit too tired from training,” Antonis said.

“But it was amazing.

“The last two games have been crazy, the comebacks have been extraordinary and it shows you that anything’s possible,” he said.

It was another flat AFC Champions League campaign for Melbourne Victory this season, racking up only one point in Group F with a negative goal difference of 11.

Lawrence Thomas feels that they have what it takes in the remaining finals games to make up for the continental and regular season disappointment.

“I guess as a club we want to finish on a high, we haven’t had the best season but we’ve come right at this time of the year,” Thomas said.

“We have the players who know how do it, we have the quality, we’ve had the experience from last year, so it’s in our hands.

“Hopefully we’ll be speaking to you (the media) next week leading up to the Grand Finals.”

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Victory have the upper hand over Sydney FC, winning two out of three matches against them in the regular season. Sydney FC’s hopes of qualifying from their group in the AFC Champions League saw them deploy a full strength squad to face Ulsan Hyundai in Korea two days ago.

“I personally don’t think too much about it. Maybe if it goes late into extra time, physically it might be a problem (for Sydney),” Thomas said.

“We’ve played against Sydney two times in the last two years of finals, they’re always tough games, and they have good players.

“But both teams are strong mentally, every year, and can play under pressure. So I don’t think the trip will affect them,” he said.

Lawrence revealed that he played as a striker in yesterday’s training, as Matthew Sutton and Matthew Acton were still in Korea.

“It’s weird just having myself in goal, I was also playing as a striker yesterday to fill in some numbers,” Thomas said.

“Maybe I’ll come up for late header if we’re down one nil, I’ll score a late equaliser.

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“This year or last year against Perth Glory I came up, so we’ll see,” he said.

Sydney FC will host Melbourne Victory in the A-League Semi Finals at Jubilee Stadium this Sunday (12 May) at 7PM AEST.

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Journalism undergrad at Monash University, Kai is a multimedia journalist covering Melbourne Victory. Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. Once "stole" Shinji Kagawa's plane ticket.