Muscat focus is Victory not Gombau

Kevin Muscat says Melbourne Victory have no interest in the uncertainty surrounding Josep Gombau’s future at Adelaide United ahead of their clash on Friday.

Gombau is understood to be on a shortlist of candidates to fill the vacant position of head coach at the J-League side, although the Spaniard, speaking in the wake of a 2-0 win away to Central Coast on Sunday, indicated it would take a lot for him to walk out on the Reds part-way through his second season with the club.

Gombau plays down J-League move

It remains to be seen if concern over the future of their coach will have a negative impact on Adelaide when the team, which boasts a large contingent of Spanish-speaking players, travels to take on Victory at AAMI Park.

Muscat for one though isn’t banking on any psychological advantage, the boss of the Big V preferring to concentrate on matters within his control. 

“It’s probably a question for him (Gombau) or the players,” he said.

“Certainly not any of my concern. Two minutes wasted thinking about that situation is two minutes I’ve wasted not putting into one of our boys. I’ve haven’t given it any thought at all.”

The focus as ever at the navy blue and whites has been ensuring a high level of performance and Muscat wants it to be business as usual from his in-form side, who drew 1-1 away to Adelaide after a tense, even contest in Round 2.

“We know we’re capable of scoring goals, we know we’re capable of attacking teams and looking threatening,” he said.

“That’s the challenge for the team tomorrow. Really put them (Adelaide) on the back foot.”

Victory had a special guest coach at training on Thursday, with former Socceroo turned television pundit Mark Bosnich – in Melbourne for a club function – offering unsolicited advice to strikers and goalkeepers alike from his position behind the nets.  

“I think the keepers would have taken a lot out of that,” Muscat joked when asked about the ex-Manchester United man’s input.

Asked if Bosnich had appointed himself to that backroom staff, Muscat replied: “He always does, doesn’t he?”

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