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Troisi wary of travelling Roar in A-League

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/04/2017 Melissa Woods

Melbourne Victory's James Troisi says his side can't afford to think they will have the wood on travel-weary Brisbane, who play in Thailand this week before their A-League semi-final on Sunday night.

While the Victory are taking days off as they fine-tune their preparations for the AAMI Park grand final qualifier, the Roar are heading to Melbourne via Bangkok for the AFC Champions League clash against Thai champions and Group E leaders Muangthong United on Wednesday night.

That comes after Roar's penalty shootout win over Western Sydney in their elimination final, while second-placed Victory had their feet up.

"It definitely won't be easy for them," Troisi said.

"Obviously their game the other day was quite tough for them as it went in to extra time but we can't focus on that and say it's going to be easy because of that and because of travel.

"If we think like that we'll get punished on Sunday night."

The Socceroos attacker said that he preferred to play every weekend and sometimes the breaks could work against a team.

"Our bodies feel pretty good and sometimes all these breaks mess with the routine a little bit," Troisi said.

"But this time has allowed us to work on a few different things so now we have to produce on Sunday night."

The two teams have split their most recent results, with a win apiece and a draw, but Victory have had finals on their mind with second place already locked in and coach Kevin Muscat preparing his side specifically with the sudden-death matches in mind.

Troisi, 28, is still to re-sign for next season and said he won't talk contracts until the finals are done.

He said he was happy at the Victory but there were other options for him to consider.

"There's interest in the A-League and from overseas as well," Troisi said.

"For me the main focus is on Sunday and then at the end of the season we'll see what options I have.

"I'm happy here and I'm playing some good football but at the end of the day I have to wait and see what's available."

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