Valeri labels Victory season a ‘failure’, keen to make up for it in pivotal ACL clash.

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Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri has labelled Melbourne Victory’s sixth-place A-League finish as a “failure” but says the team is looking forward to tomorrow night’s “Grand Final” against Gamba Osaka, with the opportunity for the Victory to advance from the Asian Champions League group stages for the first time in the club’s history.

Speaking from the Victory in Business corporate lunch at Crown Palladium last Friday, the skipper said that when compared to pre-season ambition of the 2015 Australian Champions, the final product must be deemed as a failure.

“For me, it was a failure. We set out to win the Premiership and win the Grand Final” Valeri told the For Vuck’s Sake fan podcast.

Despite a number of challenges the squad came up against throughout the season – none worse than the near season-ending injury to Valeri himself – the midfielder refused to make excuses.

“We needed to be consistent and we weren’t. Especially at the right times when we could have backed up a good win, where we could have got the draw and fought hard. We could look at other things and say we we’re unlucky… to be honest, we were just inconsistent, and it’s our own fault”

In addition to the goals the club set for itself in the domestic league this season, the Victory also set themselves the task of advancing from the Asian Champions League group stage for the first time in their 11-year history. Valeri said the team was focused on achieving that goal on Tuesday night.

“It’s our Grand Final, we know that. Going back to what I was talking about before how it was a bit of a failure in the season, we’ve got a chance to make up for that, and we will.”

Melbourne Victory take on J-League side Gamba Osaka tomorrow night at AAMI Park.