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Muscat and Melbourne keen on further success

Kevin Muscat and the Melbourne Victory are intent on winning more titles and not resting on what they have already achieved. After taking a second title in three seasons, the Victory are the most successful A-League club in the short history of the competition and Muscat says they will become even better.

"What we did, (coach) Ernie (Merrick), myself, (Football Operations Manager) Gary Cole, (assistant coach) Aaron Healey, we've been here from day one," said the skipper.

"Fortunately enough you can work on things, you can build a team culture and because we've been here from the start, along the way you'll get distractions and disruptions, and we certainly had that last season, but we've moved on.

"Where we go from here, if players are at this football club and they're not hungry to win things and be successful, they won't remain here.

"And I'm pretty sure that's why Ernie will move on into the market and try and find those players because you've got to be hungry to be successful and that's the culture we're trying to build."

Muscat added that he believes the mental strength of the playing group is what got the over the line this season.

"I don't think that we're miles better than anyone in the competition, but what we have got is a determined group and a very mentally strong group. And then after that we've got a lot of talent," he added.

"There's boys with a lot of individual flair that can turn a game on its head and we have to earn the right to win things, earn the right to play, and I think we do that first and foremost and then try and get at teams.

"The opposition tonight tried to defend and hit you on the break whereas our mentality, our philosophy is a little bit different, that's just how it goes and it's no coincidence that we end up winning the competition because we scored more goals than anyone else."

Andrew Slevison
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