Melbourne Victory forward James Troisi is expecting Saturday’s Christmas Derby to be fiery, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The intensity lifts 20-30% [for a Derby], so it’s never an easy game,” said the Melbourne Victory number 10.
“We don’t want to be complacent, we want to be consistent and take every game as if it’s a normal match, but there’s that little bit of spice.
“They’ll be up for it, we’ll be up for it. We understand it’ll be fiery and the intensity will increase but our football will speak for itself.
“More than anything it’s an entertaining game for the fans. We want to put on a show in a structured way.”
Troisi is one of Kevin Muscat’s experienced heads these days and along with the likes of captain Carl Valeri, Leigh Broxham, Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen is playing an important role off the field in keeping the changeroom grounded.
The boys in blue have reeled off six wins in succession to equal the Club’s second-best winning streak of all time, but no one is satisfied just yet.
“We’ve got a good mix of players.
“It’s a very switched on group, everyone is hungry for success. We’re not getting carried away, but we’re playing some fantastic football.
“We’re not arrogant about it, we’re going to stay focussed… we’re not getting cocky, we’re happy with the way we’re playing and how things are going.
“As an example, last week we score four goals but are disappointed with the two we conceded.”
Troisi spoke of missing out on a berth in the Socceroos’ Asian Cup squad announced earlier on Thursday, but stressed any disappointment felt by him and his teammates won’t linger.
“That’s football, we move on.
“The most important thing – and I’ve always said this – is my Club football. I come in every day and work my socks off and nothing will change.
“We’ll move on and focus on Victory, because we’re playing some fantastic football and this is our bread and butter day in, day out.
“Football is fantastic at the moment. We’re winning, a couple points off top and a derby on the weekend.”