Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat unhappy with FFA Cup scheduling
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat isn't ready to focus on the first A-League derby in the FFA Cup but he has some advice for the organisers.
Within half an hour of qualifying for the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Bentleigh Greens on Tuesday night, the draw for the next round threw up an FFA Cup first.
Victory will play Melbourne City in a blockbuster semifinal next month in a draw that has delighted tournament organisers as well as both sets of fans.
But if there's enthusiasm around the tie, Muscat isn't sharing in it.
"I'm probably not as excited as everyone else," he said. "There's a couple of games at least before that game. Our attention changes to Brisbane Roar.
"We'll worry about [the cup game] when it comes around."
Victory play the Roar in the season opener on Oct. 7. The timing of the cup tie poses a challenge.
The two match days set aside for the semifinals are Oct. 18/19 and 25/26.
Should FFA schedule the Cup derby on the first mid-week option, it would come a few days after the two teams meet on Oct. 15 at Etihad Stadium in the A-League.
But the second option has its own problems.
City would need to play just two or three days before their round four Friday night home match against Adelaide.
The Victory doesn't have the same congestion, hosting Wellington on the following Monday.
Muscat suggested it would be a no-brainer to play the match on the later date.
"When they decide to play that game will have a huge factor on audience and attendance," he said.
"The first semifinal is immediately after the second game so it'd be nice to have space from the derby for everyone [and] to build it up for what it should be -- a massive night in Victoria."
He said he wouldn't bother to formalise his request to FFA, given a previous petitioning to space out their International Champions Cup and FFA Cup commitments didn't go Victory's way.
"Generally when you make requests, what happens?" he said.
"I won't make a request. The powers that be will make a decision which we'll abide by."
Canberra Olympic will host Sydney FC in the other semifinal.