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Victory's lack of goals irrelevant: Muscat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/05/2017 Emma Kemp

Coach Kevin Muscat has warned Melbourne Victory's lack of recent ruthlessness will mean nothing come Sunday's A-League grand final, suggesting Sydney FC might wilt under their pressure.

Victory enter the season-decider as underdogs, having lost all three regular-season encounters against the commanding Sky Blues.

More concerning, perhaps, is the fact they have scored only two goals in their last five games.

Yet Muscat is unperturbed, declaring his Melbourne heavyweights won't take a backward step in their bid to win a fourth championship.

As evidence they are back to their best he cited last weekend's triumphant 1-0 semi-final display over Brisbane.

"None (concern) whatsoever," Muscat said.

"We only look forward so therefore it's irrelevant.

"In our performances, especially last week, we've created a hell of a number of chances.

"If we get anywhere near creating those opportunities again we're a team that's liable to put them away, and very quickly the game can be taken away from you.

"We've done that in the past and we know we're capable of doing that, so we'll roll the dice tomorrow night and take some risks.

"We won't take a backward step. We've got a lot of threats and we'll utilise them as soon as possible."

That will be crucial, says Muscat, who predicted it wouldn't take long for one side to take an edge on the contest.

"Those first few moments, the first 10 or 15 minutes, they'll dictate what happens as the game goes on," he said.

"But there's no certainties for anything ... we will leave no stone unturned."

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