Ex-Cardiff, QPR striker Bothroyd prepared for Melbourne Victory

Jay Bothroyd insists Muangthong United are well prepared to take on A-League outfit Melbourne Victory this weekend.

Jay Bothroyd insists Muangthong United are well prepared to take on A-League outfit Melbourne Victory this weekend.

The Thai Premier League club will meet the Victory at Kardinia Park in Geelong in the final AFC Asian Champions League playoff on Saturday and former Cardiff City, QPR and England striker Bothroyd is eagerly anticipating the challenge.

“We know it will be tough game as Melbourne are an organised side and they have Kevin Muscat as manager, who I know from England, and I’m sure he has got them organised in playing the way he would like which I’m sure will be aggressive and organised with him being a defender,” said Bothroyd, who signed for Muangthong in January.

“But we are looking forward to it, players want to play in big games, and this is a big game.

“I had heard a bit about the AFC Champions League because Djibril Cisse is my friend and he played in Doha last year. And when I was talking with the coach Scott Cooper and the chairman before I signed they told me it is a massive competition and every player wants to play at the highest level possible.”

Bothroyd scored and provided an assist on his Muangthong debut as they beat Vietnamese champions Hanoi T&T in the second round of qualifiers on the weekend.

 
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