‘No one is happy in the dressing room’ – Salvachua searching for Victory solutions
Melbourne Victory Head Coach Carlos Salvachua says a dissatisfied dressing room mood could be the catalyst for his side to turn their season around.
The Victory fell 3-0 to their long-time Hyundai A-League rivals in the at-times fiery derby clash – their fourth straight Big Blue loss and third defeat on the bounce in league competition.
The Sky Blues stormed to victory on the back of goals from Adam Le Fondre, Alex Baumjohann and former Victory player Kosta Barbarouses at AAMI Park.
Speaking post-match, Salvachua admitted nobody at the club is content with the current state of affairs for a club that has been amongst the most successful in Hyundai A-League history.
“Of course, no one is happy in the dressing room and outside,” Salvachua explained.
He added: “The dressing room is like that now in this situation because the players they are winners, and with winning teams through the years, and especially today they are not happy.
“But now we have to work on this situation and we have to change as soon as possible.”
Salvachua said he feels his team – who were without key defensive trio James Donachie (suspended), Thomas Deng (international duty) and Tim Hoogland (injured) for the Big Blue – do have the quality to return to winning ways ahead of Tuesday’s AFC Champions League clash in Japan against Kashima Antlers.
“We need to win again as soon as possible and a perfect situation is next Tuesday,” he said.
He added: “We have to fix defensive problems because we are conceding a lot of goals.
“We are creating a lot of chances – enough chances to win games – but we have to finish because we have quality in front.”
Victory have sat outside the top six for the bulk of the Hyundai A-League season, however, Salvachua said the team must find ways to force themselves back into the Finals Series frame in coming weeks.
“We need to take positive things because we are not in a good moment and we need to continue with this group of players and then we need to find some positives. We cannot stop here.”
By contrast, Sydney FC boss Steve Corica could be forgiven for basking in the glow for his side as they posted an eleventh straight win and setting an all-time best Hyundai A-League tally of 37 points after 14 games with their win.
However, he said he is determined to continue to sharpen his side’s play – and cited the team’s shut-out of the Victory attack on their home patch as a new high water mark for his team defensively this season.
“There is no complacency. We want to just keep winning,” Corica said.
He added: “I was very pleased about the defensive effort today because we’ve spoken about it and I think that is one area we can definitely improve on and we did it today.
“[The] clean sheet was the most important thing, so that was great to see the boys work extremely hard for that getting the clean sheet.
“I was very pleased with the way the game went and the moments we took with our chances and it was a good result," he concluded.
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Friday, 31 January 2020
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick off: 6.30pm AEDT
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