Victory determined to end ACL hoodoo: Muscat

Melbourne Victory aim to advance from the ACL group stage for the first time with coach Kevin Muscat arguing they have never been in a better position to break that duck.

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"We've had a good period of time to prepare for it," Muscat said at the official pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's clash with Shanghai SIPG. 

"Obviously, this period of time, things haven't gone exactly how we would have liked in the domestic competition.

"This is a fresh challenge for us in terms of trying to get a result tomorrow night - not looking too far forward - but obviously the game that's upon is vitally important to get off to a good start, in a group that's going to be very stiff in terms of the opposition."