Melbourne Victory’s in-form goalscorer Marco Rojas has placed a level of importance on the club’s final game of the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League season.
Victory faces Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday night, bringing an end to Grant Brebner’s five-game tenure as interim Head Coach.
Following Saturday’s 4-0 triumph over Perth Glory, Rojas is calling on his teammates to continue playing an attacking brand of football.
“We have been working pretty hard towards one goal and that is to create an identity for our team again,” said Rojas – who scored twice on the weekend.
“It was very pleasing for all of us because we have worked hard behind the scenes to get to that point and it was nice to put it all together out on the pitch.”
Regardless of Wednesday’s result, Victory will finish the season tenth on the ladder, but Rojas believes there’s more than pride at stake.
“I don't necessarily think it is a dead rubber match – yes in regards to the league – but we are going to go out there and fight again for 90 minutes,” said Rojas.
Following the departure of some key players and the emergence of youth, Rojas has adopted more of a leadership role in the squad since the restart.
“We came here [to Sydney] with a different mindset and with a lot of young guys and players who needed to step into a new role – like myself.
“It has been a big learning curve for everyone and it has been a good camp to begin the process of looking forward to next season,” said the 28-year-old.
Under Brebner, Rojas has started every game and scored four of Victory’s eight goals.
“It is nice to see the younger players doing well and feeling comfortable on the pitch among us. We can only help with our words, experiences and we can lead from the front.”