Form even as bad as Melbourne Victory’s doesn’t count going into an A-League “original rivalry” clash.
That’s what Adelaide United coach Carl Veart has been trying to convince his players of ahead of Saturday night’s Victory-Reds battle at Marvel Stadium.
That’s despite the once mighty Victory sitting on the bottom of the ladder and still reeling from a humiliating 6-0 loss to Melbourne City last weekend.
“I wouldn’t say they’re a poor Melbourne Victory side,” Veart said.
“They’ve had a few runs of bad results, but you would expect a response from their playing group after last week’s performance.
“It’s a ‘derby’, it’s Melbourne Victory – there’s no form that goes into these games.
“All form goes out the door and we’ll turn up with certain things we want to achieve.”
Those things include a fourth successive win.
“These games are always big games. They’re the games that our fans look forward to (and) the players look forward to,” Veart said.
“We’re quietly going along at our own rate, and we’ve got our own standards and our targets that we’re hitting, and we’re just concentrating on ourselves.
“We’re going to go there, try to get the three points, and expect a fight.”
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Veart was hopeful rather than confident that Socceroos striker Tomi Juric would make his return from a groin problem after missing the Reds’ past two games.
“It’s a strange one. We’re not exactly sure … there’s no real injury there,” the Reds coach said.
“He’s come into this season quite under-conditioned and it’s a week-to-week thing for Tomi.
“We’ve expected to get him up for the last two weeks and we haven’t actually got him there, and it’s the same this week.
“We expect to get him up this week and we’ll see how he pulls up from training and make that decision from that.”
The Victory will on Saturday night welcome back Jean-Paul de Marigny, the club’s former assistant coach who has returned as “first team coach” to aid besieged head coach Grant Brebner.
“Our challenge is to make sure there is a reaction to what happened last weekend,” de Marigny said.
“We need to bring intensity, be well-organised and communicate throughout the group.”
De Marigny, who last season coached Western Sydney Wanderers, was confident he could help revive the Victory’s horror campaign.
“I have been here before, I know the landscape. I can bring information and knowledge of the league in terms of tactics,” he said.
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