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Victory again kings of Melbourne: Troisi

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne Victory have their swagger back and midfielder James Troisi isn't afraid to crow about it.

Saturday night's 2-1 derby success capped a fantastic two months for the A-League club, which has won six of eight games to roar to second on the table.

With home games against Central Coast and Newcastle next on the fixture list, Kevin Muscat's men could be forgiven for thinking that run could well extend further.

But it's turning the tables on Melbourne City that's brought most Christmas cheer to the navy blue half of Melbourne.

Not since round 10 last season had Victory sat above City on the ladder, a year-long wait ended on Saturday.

Coupled with two derby defeats earlier in the season, midfielder Troisi said it was a state of affairs that drove Victory on.

"We know who the biggest team in the A-League is and who the biggest team in Melbourne is," he said on Tuesday.

"We proved that (on Saturday night) and we'll continue to improve and prove that to the doubters.

"We definitely had a great game. (We) put it to them and in the first half probably should have been three or four goals up.

"It's always fantastic winning your derbies (but) the position we're in on the ladder is more important and the form we're building is fantastic."

Troisi is a key reason for Victory's burst up the table.

The 28-year-old Asian Cup winner was a popular man-of-the-match for a buzzing display in his preferred No.10 role.

Combined with fleet-footed winger Marco Rojas, the pair have been in irrepressible form over the last month.

Against City, Rojas maintained his record of scoring or assisting in every A-League match he's played in this season by doing both.

Both left Victory for European clubs but have found themselves back in Melbourne. Troisi said their shared experience helped them bond.

"Me and Marco are on the same wavelength," he said.

"He knows what the club's like and they know what he's like. Being back in Melbourne, playing for a great club, he's doing wonders for us."

Troisi hopes he is playing himself back into Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos plans with his form but insists his focus is on the "week in, week out" at Victory.

But could the pair's form be so good that they could be poached in the January transfer window?

It's a situation Victory coach Kevin Muscat knows well, having fought battles to keep Mitch Nichols, Adrian Leijer and Mark Milligan - with mixed results - in previous summers.

Troisi didn't dismiss the prospect but said he was focused on winning a first club title of his career.

"I just want to keep playing, performing personally and for the team. I want to win the league," he said.

"Moving or anything like that is not in the back of my mind. I'm focused on doing well for the club."

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