Victory in a tough moment says new coach Salvachua

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Carlos Salvachua has insisted he needs time to right the ship at Melbourne Victory following their 1-0 loss to Adelaide United.

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The ex-Real Madrid Youth, Villareal Youth and CD Guadalajara coach was appointed head coach of Melbourne Victory on Wednesday following the dismissal of Marco Kurz.

”We have had just two days to try and change something. It is not easy but we have to look forward and think about the game we have in another two days,” he said.

”It is a tough moment but we have enough players and enough quality to keep going.’’

Melbourne Victory face Bali United in the second preliminary round of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday and then host Sydney FC on Friday.

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Salvachua dismissed the notion that a busy schedule could be positive and reiterated that his side needed to work.

”We need to train, need to work, need more sessions and need to build up the team. Training is very important for my philosophy,” he said.

The speedy nature of Salvachua’s appointment means he only has 12 A-League matches remaining to implement his philosophy and try to win the job on a permanent basis.

Salvachua has been at Victory since July 2018, when he was handpicked as an assistant by former coach Kevin Muscat.

He remained at the Victory when Muscat quit and was overlooked for the top job by Kurz.

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The loss in his first game in charge allowed Adelaide to snap their four-game losing streak and create history by beating the Victory four times in a row.

Reds coach Gertjan Verbeek admitted that he noticed a change in the Victory’s style under Salvachua compared to their last meeting under Kurz.

”They had a little bit of a different system compared to the one under their former coach but we solved this ourselves and that was very good for the team.

”Of course, we know, Melbourne Victory are a team with a lot of quality and they can always get a chance – you saw that in the last few seconds,” he said.

The win for the Reds allows them to overtake the Victory and move into fifth position on the A-League ladder.

Whilst Melbourne have a busy schedule, Adelaide travels to their state next week to take on Western United for the first time this season.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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