Thompson: Victory can Still Challenge for the Title

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Striker confident in Postecoglou

Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson feels despite losing a number of big players during the off season, his side still has what it takes to compete for the A-league title.

Marco Rojas, Billy Celeski and Marcos Flores all departed from the Dark Blues over the summer, even so Thompson is confident his side wlil be right in the mix come the seasons end.

Speaking the Melbourne Age  he said: “Everyone is in a good spot, everyone is progressing nicely. The young players are training well and putting their hands up. Kosta [Barbarouses] has come in. I think we’ve got plenty of depth.

“Connor Pain is a good chance to start this year – he’s improved, he’s been playing for the young Socceroos, he made his debut for the Socceroos and Holger sees something special in him.

“Ange sees something special, we see something special. Now it’s up to him to take the next step. The way he’s training is promising.

Come the first day of the season,Thompson and club-mate Mark Milligan will have to choose between Victory and the Socceroos.

While Victory take on Melbourne Heart, a day later in Paris Holger Osieck’s men will be lining up against the French in an important pre World Cup Friendly.

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