Ange dishes out tough love for Victory
Melbourne Victory assistant coach Kevin Muscat, left, and head coach Ange Postecoglou at training yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
Coach Ange Postecoglou has made it clear he will use tough love and tough decisions to rebuild the Melbourne Victory.
Those expecting counselling and cuddles from the new boss - after a 5-0 loss to Brisbane Roar - can think again.
Postecoglou admitted he was not prepared for how badly the Victory would start the season.
Two losses and an uncompetitive performance against the Roar leave the Victory at the bottom of the ladder.
''I'm not a 'sharing the love' guy when things aren't going well,'' Postecoglou said yesterday.
''You can't kid yourself. You watch the video of the game, and you understand the ramifications of it. You've just got to be honest … we weren't up to standard.
''If I'd come in and sprinkled some hugs around the place, the players would probably be questioning what I'm doing.
''In sport, there's a scoreboard and a ladder which measures everything we do. Right now, that's suggesting we aren't up to standard.''
Socceroos World Cup qualifying hero Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan returned from international duty yesterday.
Postecoglou said they would move straight back into the starting line-up to play Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium tonight.
They are likely to be straight swaps for Danny Allsopp, who announced his retirement yesterday, Spase Dilevski and last weekend's surprise debutant Andrew Nabbout (injured groin).
Postecoglou said his team would eventually get right the play-from-the-back style he espouses, and was defiant there would be no changes to how he wanted the Victory to play.
''After two games, we're not going to throw away everything we've worked pretty hard on. We're pretty determined as a football club to get it right, and we will do it,'' he said.
''The key thing to anything like [the loss to Brisbane] is your response to it.''
Adelaide has started the season in great style and is the only team with maximum points after two weeks.
It is expected to include attacker Dario Vidosic after he missed last week's 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers with a minor hamstring injury. AAP