Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat isn't ready to focus on the first A-League derby in the FFA Cup but he has some advice for the organisers.
Within half an hour of qualifying for the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Bentleigh Greens on Tuesday night, the draw for the next round threw up an FFA Cup first.
Victory will play Melbourne City in a blockbuster semifinal next month in a draw that has delighted tournament organisers as well as both sets of fans.
But if there's enthusiasm around the tie,...
Melbourne Victory have set up an FFA Cup semifinal with Melbourne City after overcoming a dogged Bentleigh Greens 2-0 in their quarterfinal on Tuesday night.
Marco Rojas and James Troisi's second-half goals were enough for Victory to keep alive their defence of the cup.
But to progress to their second-straight final, Kevin Muscat's side will need to overcome their cross-town rivals after the draw for the last four paired the two clubs.
With the semifinals scheduled for two dates in late October,...
Melbourne Victory head to Bentleigh Greens for an FFA Cup quarterfinal without Michael Essien but Kevin Muscat is confident his squad has enough firepower to see off the state league premiers and challenge for higher honours.
Ghanaian midfielder Essien, a two-time English Premier League winner with Chelsea, turned down the chance to become Victory's marquee guest player last week.
Coach Muscat said he was disappointed the move didn't come to fruition but wasn't scrambling to find a last-gasp signing.
Melbourne Victory has failed in its bid to sign Ghanaian international Michael Essien for the new A-league season.
The former Chelsea star has knocked back an offer from the A-League club to join as a marquee player for the 2016-17 season despite him reportedly ending his contract with Greek club Panathinaikos this week.
"The club has been in constant discussions with Michael and his representatives but due to some personal issues Michael has unfortunately decided not to move to Melbourne," a Victory...