Muscat stays calm in belief that Victory will put it together sooner rather than later
Bothered? Kevin Muscat? No, what makes you think the Melbourne Victory boss would be bothered?
Muscat the coach is a calm, measured figure, at least away from the sideline on match day, and he is a big believer in keeping focused on the processes rather than the results.
His view is that if his team is doing the right things it will eventually get the results that are its due.
So point out to him that Victory has endured its worst start to a season with only three points from five games and is so far without a win and he smiles.
“If you solely look at points it is a concern,” Muscat admits before adding “but I don’t start from that position.
“It’s not a concern whatsoever. Would I like more points? Of course.
“There have been certain circumstances, some out of or control … but also unnecessary red cards and suspensions to deal with. We could so easily be sitting here with a few more points in the bag.
“It becomes a concern if you lose games … but Monday night [when 10-man Victory came back from a goal down to force a draw with Western Sydney Wanderers] it certainly wasn’t the case of a team who were lacking in confidence.
“The attitude was second to none.”
Key striker Besart Berisha returns to action for Saturday night’s clash with Brisbane Roar after suspension for putting his hands on a referee in the draw in Adelaide, and Muscat says he has learnt his lesson.
“In the last few weeks I have seen a genuine remorse,” Muscat said.
Brisbane has made an even worse opening, with just two draws in five and a goal difference of minus four, compared to Victory’s minus two.
They too will be desperate for a win, but Victory, already well adrift of Sydney, can ill afford to lose any more ground and they certainly need their most potent goal-scorer Berisha to stay out of trouble from now on and play a key role for the rest of the season.