Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri.
Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri. JULIAN SMITH

Victory skipper keeping a lid on title talk

MELBOURNE Victory captain Carl Valeri has played down his team's title credentials despite a fifth straight win in the A-League.

Victory closed to within four points of Sydney FC at the top of the ladder with a 2-0 success over Adelaide United thanks to quality finishes from James Troisi and Besart Berisha.

The victory was the Melbourne outfit's second at Coopers Stadium this season but Valeri said there was a long way to go in the campaign.

"You don't win trophies in January,” the 32-year-old said.

"Our aim is to perform every week and we're getting better. Week in, week out, we're working harder and harder.

"We've just got to focus on the next game and that's as far as we can look.”

Valeri said the Victory had just about deserved the latest success in Adelaide.

"It was a hard game. We were just good enough to come out on top,” Valeri told Fox Sports.

"The thing I like about Victory at the moment is we can differ between the two.

"We can work hard and grind it out, but also turn it on and play quality football, which helps in games like this.

"We've got a lot of quality in our team.”


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