Depressing statistic: In the last 7 games it has played, the Melbourne Victory has lost five, drawn one, and won one by penalties. It has scored 4 goals and let through 9.
And yet, after the team’s loss against Sydney FC on Saturday night, the first line of the report on the Melbourne Victory website read:
“Melbourne Victory will head into the Hyundai A-League season full of confidence, despite a 1-0 loss to Sydney FC…”
Branko Culina says the Melbourne Victory were the best club Sydney played during the pre-season.
And Neil from Victory in Melbourne, was full of praise for Kaz Patafta’s 2nd half performance, and had this to say about the game:
“…it was a much improved effort from the Victory – even though they came away with another loss. In fact, they dominated long sections of the game and were largely untroubled by Sydney apart from the goal, that came from a scrappy clearance.”
The stats may be depressing, but perhaps they don’t do justice to Melbourne’s form.
What do you think? Are you still confident in the Melbourne Victory’s ability to defend its title?