Before a sold-out Melbourne A-League derby on Saturday, Aloisi has had to consider prying eyes, while Victory are out to improve their record against their rivals
|By JAMES WILLOUGHBY
Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi was unhappy after an unidentified intruder was spotted filming the club's behind-closed-doors training session at AAMI Park on Friday.
Heart – losers of just one of the seven Melbourne A-League derbies against rivals Victory – shut the doors to the public as they prepared for the clash on Saturday that has now sold out AAMI Park.
But they were interrupted by a cameraman who was said to be filming Heart's preparations from one of the corporate areas.
The intruder quickly left after being noticed, but Aloisi was still annoyed once the training session had ended.
"I did see someone with a camera watching our session," Aloisi told reporters on Friday.
"I'm not sure if he was [someone from] Victory or not. It wasn't too good if it was Victory because it's behind closed doors.
"We don't allow you guys [media] in and if they have got someone recording our training session, it is a bit poor. I didn't find out [who it was]. As soon as I started pointing, he ran off."
Aloisi said the club would discuss the issue with the AAMI Park staff, insisting they had been shown no respect by the intruder.
"I will discuss it with the club. [It is)]something that we'll mention to AAMI Park," he said.
"They know it is behind closed doors and they do their upmost to make sure that no one comes in and sneaks in while we are doing a session.
"We only get to use this [AAMI Park pitch] once every two weeks whenever we play a home game and we don't ask for people not to turn up when we are out at Latrobe [University, the club's base in Bundoora].
"But when we are here, we ask for a little bit of respect. We didn't get it today."
The incident overshadowed Aloisi's pre-match press conference, in which he revealed that the only change to his starting side would be the return of Josip Tadic from a back injury in place of fellow forward Dylan Macallister.
Aloisi feels that in his side he has the players capable of firing the Heart to their fourth win of the A-League season.
"I think we have got players that lift that extra bit [for a derby]," he said.
"Maybe it is the crowd, maybe it is the occasion. We have got players who have played in a lot of big games so they know how to deal with that sort of pressure. It is a different sort of pressure. It's not an ordinary game.
"Us coaches might say yeah, it is another game but it's not. The likes of Clint Bolton, Simon Colosimo, Matt Thompson... they have been in these games and they have played a lot of them. They know how to deal with it and know how to prepare well for it.
Heart midfielder Richard Garcia believes the fixture against Victory is the ideal chance to begin a run of form.
"We want to string a few wins together and try to go on a run, and what better opportunity to do it than against your rivals," Garcia said.
"We're feeling really good. We've had a good weeks training and we're really looking forward to the challenge ahead. It's a big game and everybody likes to play in it."
Heart sit eighth on the A-League table with 12 points from 11 matches.
Rivals Victory, meanwhile, are third but have eight points between them and second-placed Adelaide Unite.
Bridging that gap - and ending the Heart's domination of the derby - is chief on the minds of Victory coach Ange Postecoglou.
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou says he is desperate to reverse the club's poor record in the Melbourne derby on Saturday night.
Victory head into their eighth meeting against cross-town rivals Heart with just one triumph, which came more than two years ago when a Robbie Kruse brace helped them to a 3-1 win.
Postecoglou – who managed the Brisbane Roar for four years and led them to two A-League titles – has only experienced one derby as a coach.
"I guess the Round 1 defeat hammers it [the importance of the match] home to you," Postecoglou told reporters at the club's training session on Friday.
"I understand how important this is for everyone associated with our football club. The supporters want desperately to win. Everyone involved in our football club is desperate to win, as am I. We need to win tomorrow night.
"(In Week 1) we missed a great opportunity. We just didn't show it on the day. Tomorrow is another great opportunity to make some special memories for our football club, our fans and when those come along, you want to take them."
Slight fitness concerns over Billy Celeski [back] and Mark Milligan [hamstring] will not stop them playing, with Postecoglou confirming that the same XI who started last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar would "definitely" start the match against the Heart.