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Muscat plays down Victory pitch concerns

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/05/2017 Emma Kemp

As the NSW Waratahs and the Blues prepare to rip up what's left of the Allianz Stadium pitch, word from the A-League grand-final visitors was indifferent.

Earlier this week Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat lamented the poor state off Sydney FC's home surface, which gets traffic from three codes and will host a Super Rugby match less than 24 hours prior to Sunday's showpiece.

By Saturday though, after suggestions Victory were already giving excuses for any potential loss, Muscat had changed his tune.

"If it's really that bad, move the game and play somewhere else," Muscat said.

"But we couldn't care where the game is. Both teams are going to have to play on it.

"Naturally things were said during the week and people are trying to put words in our mouths, but right from the outset we couldn't care less.

"We'd have preferred it to be in Melbourne but that wasn't going to be the case, so the fact that we knew it was going to be in Sydney, so be it."

Sydney coach Graham Arnold has played down any fears about the pitch, insisting it suits the Sky Blues' technical superiority.

It's been the talking point of grand final week, after it's muddy and uneven state caused Perth Glory star Diego Castro to lose his footing in last weekend's semi-final.

Football Federation Australia was so concerned it made an unsuccessful attempt to have Saturday night's rugby game moved to North Sydney Oval, a request the Waratahs considered and then declined.

The SCG Trust has pledged ground staff will work around the clock to get it up to scratch for Sunday's 5pm AEST A-League kick-off.

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