Leijer issues challenge

Melbourne Victory captain Adrian Leijer has challenged his team-mates to prove themselves to coach Ange Postecoglou in Saturday night's friendly against Olympiacos.

Melbourne Victory captain Adrian Leijer has challenged his team-mates to prove themselves to coach Ange Postecoglou in Saturday night's friendly against Olympiacos.

The Victory will face the Greek champions at Etihad Stadium in what will be Postecoglou's first game in charge.

Leijer, who started running on Monday as he continues his return from a hip injury, said the friendly was an opportunity for the players to show their worth.

"Everyone gets excited. Last year we had Celtic and the (Los Angeles) Galaxy early in the year and now we've got Olympiacos this year," Leijer told Melbourne radio station SEN.

"With a new coach, I think everyone's got something to improve, everyone's got an opportunity to show Ange what they're about.

"We're in for three weeks and then we're off again for three weeks. It's a nice little taster and an opportunity to play a Greek powerhouse."

Olympiacos, winners of both the Greek league and cups this season, are bringing a near full strength squad to Melbourne.

Leijer said he had already noticed a change under Postecoglou, who held his first Victory training session just two weeks ago.

"I've noticed a huge change already and it's been fantastic. Different attitudes from a few of the boys and you just see refreshment, a new determination to succeed," he said.

"Last year was an extremely difficult year and when someone like Ange walks in the room, you feel that immediate respect.

"He's got an aura about him, he's had great success at Brisbane Roar and it's a very exciting time for the football club."

Leijer, 26, pinpointed passing and movement off the ball as improvements Postecoglou had brought to the club in his short time in charge.

Striker Danny Allsopp wants more opportunities, and Leijer said all of the players were in a similar position - looking to make the most of their chances.

"Danny's been great. I think all the boys have been good since we've come back. It's the same for everyone," Leijer said.

"Danny obviously wants a chance, but every contracted player at the moment is under the same boat.

"Everyone will be getting tested, Ange will make a decision on every player and whether he wants them for the long run or they're not needed."