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Adelaide United eager for derby victory over rivals Melbourne Victory

Adelaide United eager for derby victory over rivals Melbourne Victory
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

Adelaide United regard their A-League elimination final against old foe Melbourne Victory next Sunday as a derby despite their several hundred kilometres separating them.

The sides clash at AAMI Park two days after Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar square off at the same venue, in the other game in the first weekend of finals.

Adelaide and Victory faced off in two of the first four A-League grand finals, both won by the Melbourne club. They have clashed four times this season with a win apiece and a draw in league combat and Adelaide winning their FFA Cup tie.

"The first [thing] I heard when I came to Australia was 'please win away against Victory,'" Adelaide coach Marco Kurz said. "I said 'why?' They said to me 'it's a derby and I said 'but it's 650 kilometres between the two cities.'

"But now after the three [A-League games] and also the Cup game I understood the rivalry. To me, it's a very good quarterfinal, two strong and good teams."

German midfielder Daniel Adlung, who scored one of his trademark long distance stunners in the final round 3-2 away win over Western Sydney on Sunday, has also quickly absorbed the significance of the rivalry.

"The boys told me about the history and that's one of the biggest derbies in Australia and it's always good," Adlung told AAP. "We expect a big fight. We have to recover and then prepare for the game next Sunday."

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