Melbourne Heart FC defender Aziz Behich is looking to put the disappointment of Australia’s failed Olympic Games qualifying campaign behind him when he faces Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Melbourne Heart FC defender Aziz Behich is looking to put the disappointment of Australia-s failed Olympic Games qualifying campaign behind him when he faces Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Only 48 hours after returning from Dubai late last week, Behich was rushed back into the Heart starting line-up for the Club-s clash with the Central Coast Mariners, barely affording him the time to digest the outcome of Australia-s recent outings against Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates.
However, nearly a week later, Behich says he-s ready to move on, and is hoping to help spearhead Heart-s charge towards the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
“It was disappointing not qualifying for the Olympics, but I-m now focusing on Heart and getting to the finals. Hopefully we can go all the way and win the premiership,” he said.
“We-re not looking at the ladder, we-re just worried about how we perform week in, week out, take it game by game and take maximum points.”
Facing the prospect of a rampant Brisbane Roar on Friday night, Heart-s season lies on a precipice.
Victory and a home final becomes a genuine possibility, while defeat will likely consign the side to a scrap for fifth or sixth spot on the table.
With Heart boasting a strong head-to-head with Brisbane this season, claiming four points from two outings this season, the side will be confident in the knowledge it can match wits with the reigning Champions.
Behich though remains cautious of the Roar, admitting Ange Postecoglou-s side remains the Hyundai A-League-s benchmark outfit.
“Obviously they are one of the best teams in the Hyundai A-League, so it-s going to be a tough battle, but I think after our last performance we can match them and hopefully get a result up there,” he said.
Melbourne Heart FC will travel to Brisbane tomorrow afternoon ahead of the round opening clash.