Popovic calls for more improvement as Victory’s unbeaten streak continues

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Following their 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night, Melbourne Victory made it 11 games unbeaten.

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Despite the impressive run, head coach Tony Popovic says there’s still improvement to be made.

“I believe we have to be satisfied,” he said.

“11 games unbeaten, I think it’s a fantastic run.

“But I believe there’s more. There’s definitely more to improve.”

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With just four games of the regular season left to play, Popovic says Victory can’t rest on the results they’ve already gained.

“No one gives you points here,” he said.

“You have to earn everything and we’re quite happy going along with full belief that we can beat anyone but also respecting the fact that we have to play well.”

After playing five games in 14 days as a result of Covid-delayed matches, Victory have had one of the most congested fixtures in the league.

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Popovic had nothing but praise for his team regarding their efforts over the past two weeks.

“The boys have been incredible,” he said. “I can’t fault anything from them physically, mentally or even technically with what they produce.

“Five games in 14 days with all the travel and the big games we’ve had, to return with the points we have is great.”

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Despite the wins, Popovic wasn’t discarding the amount of the work put in to achieving those results.

“It’s been tough. From five games in 14 days, we’ve got four wins and a draw, so it’ll be nice for the boys to have a break for Easter,” he said.

With the finals series approaching quickly, Victory are top title contenders but Popovic says the club aren’t concentrating on the possible accolade.

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“I know everyone would love to hear us say we can win the premiership but it’s hard enough to win a game on a weekly basis or in our case every three days,” he said.

“It’s not easy. We have to work hard to get the points and I’m happy to take it one game at a time.”

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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