April 27, 2015 11:35:46 UK
Coach Kevin Muscat said Melbourne Victory’s premiership celebrations would be kept in check as they switch their focus to completing the A-League double.
Victory secured the Premier’s Plate in front of their home fans at AAMI Park as they beat Central Coast Mariners 3-1 in their final regular season match. It meant they will have the first week of the finals off before hosting a home semi-final.
Victory, who are 2.37 to win the Grand Final, have also made sure of a place in the group stages of next year’s Asian Champions League. Their first silverware in six years may have been well overdue, but Muscat says nobody at the club will be switching off until they have won the championship.
I’ve had great support; it’s a great team effort here.
“The job is not done, there’s one more trophy we’ve got to play for,” said the coach. “From my perspective, it’s about winning the final; that’s what sport in this country is all about.”
Muscat won two A-League doubles in three years as a player, and has now proved himself as a coach since taking over when Ange Postecoglou left to take on the Socceroos job.
His 54 games in charge have produced 27 wins and just 12 defeats. The club’s run of four wins in their final five matches of the season secured the premiership after their rivals dropped crucial points.
Muscat added: “I’ve had great support; it’s a great team effort here. Not least the staff, but right from the top, the chairman and his board, they’ve given us everything we’ve needed to succeed.”
He said though the players would celebrate their success, they would not get a day off afterwards as they look to round the campaign off by winning the Grand Final on 17th May.
Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix, who finished third in the A-League table, are 2.00 to win their elimination final against Melbourne City, who are 3.50.
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