‘Fresh’ Victory ready for FFA Cup final

Melbourne Victory defender Daniel Georgievski says a tough pre-season has the Champions primed for Westfield FFA Cup final glory this Saturday.

Speaking after Victory cruised past Wellington Phoenix 3-0 in Hyundai A-League Round 4 on Monday night, the 27-year-old Macedonian international from Sydney shrugged off suggestions the Big V might be fatigued ahead of Saturday’s Cup decider.

Berisha brace helps Victory sink Phoenix

“We’re feeling fresh!” he told ABC radio's Grandstand.

“We’ve got a very good conditioning coach [former Socceroos conditioning coach Anthony Crea] and we recover right.

“It was my first ever pre-season [in Australia] ... it was three months and I was losing my brain!

“It was full on but I’m happy to see even to the last minute [on Monday night] we’re sprinting and giving it all our all.

“We’ll recover tomorrow and the day after and we’ll be ready for Saturday.”

Victory fans lap up their sides performance against Wellington.

A goal in either half to striker Besart Berisha and an Andrew Durante own goal were enough for Victory to return to the winner’s circle on Monday night in front of almost 25,000 at Etihad Stadium.

“It was a convincing win,” added the Big V defender. “We knew they had quick players up front. We did our tactics very well. They’re a good side and we’re happy not to concede a goal.

“We are the champions from last year and every game is going to be hard… We have to keep playing 100% each week.”

The win on Monday night comes five days after Victory eased past Hume City by the same score in the FFA Cup semi-final. Now Victory has another five day turnaround before they face Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Saturday night in the FFA Cup final 2015. 

Carl Valeri battles for possession with Michael McGlinchey