"The Costa Rican (Jose Luis Lopez) took his place in the Melbourne side . . . this happens in football," Bleiberg told the Courier Mail.
"Teams try to go in different directions, so they bring in new players who take the place of the old players.
"But I like him as a player. When I was coaching the Roar and we played against the Victory, he was unpleasant to play against because he was strong and committed."