Victory's championship-winning coach Kevin Muscat has put Brisbane Roar on notice, declaring his side are refocused and ready for the Hyundai A-League Semi Final against the Queenslanders on Sunday.
MUSKY'S VICTORY VOW
Despite just one win in their last four league matches, Muscat remained supremely optimistic ahead of Sunday's blockbuster semi-final.
“Without confusing arrogance with confidence, we are confident," Muscat told AAP's Ben McKay (@benmackey) ahead of the mouth-watering clash at AAMI Park.
“Of course we are.
“History will tell us our members and fans will create an unrivalled atmosphere and we'll put on a show for them,” he promised.
SETBACKS LEFT IN THE PAST
Victory lost eight games in the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season.
Of the top six, only cross-town rivals Melbourne City were defeated more often.
“Taking everything into consideration I think we've performed really well," said Muscat.
“The international break didn't really help us. The split round didn't really help us.
“Going across to Wellington in that run didn't help us. They’re all facts. They’re not excuses,” he said.
FULL FOCUS ON FINALS FOOTY
But Victory are ready to move on from those hiccups and hit the Finals Series in full flow.
“We didn't deal with those situations as well as we would have liked," said Muscat.
“When we haven't had those interruptions we have been good.
“The points return has been excellent.
“We'll get back to those levels on Sunday,” he warned.
The winner on Sunday will know who they'll play in the grand final on May 7, with semi final 1 played 24 hours earlier between Sydney FC and Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.