Victory full-back, Storm Roux, believes the squad is motivated and fully prepared for the first Melbourne Derby of the 2020/21 A-League season.
After recovering from a concussion, Roux returned to action on Saturday night and combined with Callum McManaman to create the opening goal against Western United.
The New Zealand international is now focused on strengthening Victory’s back line ahead of Saturday’s clash at Marvel Stadium.
“I’m feeling really good,” Roux said. “I couldn’t play in the Wednesday game because of concussion, so I was buzzing to get back into that starting line-up.”
Roux played a full 90 minutes against Western United and admits the defeat was a hard one to take.
“Everyone was pretty devastated about the loss but we’ve got to move past that and look forward to City this weekend.
“We’re so eager to get back on the field and make things right and who better than against City. We don’t need any extra motivation,” said the defender.
This weekend, Roux is set to feature in his seventh Melbourne Derby – a fixture the 28-year-old relishes being involved in.
“From the outside looking in, it’s always a spectacle and always a massive game on the calendar.
“Being part of it – it means that much more,” he said.
“All the boys are up for it and the new boys understand it. It’s a big one and one we really want to win for the fans.”
At the back
With a number of key defenders missing, Roux can play an integral part at the back – offering experience and leadership alongside a youthful defence.
“We’ve had a tough time with injuries,” said Roux.
“The boys coming in are trying to do their jobs and now I feel like we’re almost back to full fitness.
“We’re all in this together, we’ve gelled well and we’re determined to get the results.”