Soccer News: Nani enjoys Melbourne derby day as Portugal star vows to get to the bottom of victory

    Nani outlined his intention to give the Melbourne Victory fans a “great night” when the derby against Melbourne City takes place on Saturday.

    Portuguese winger Nani has competed in derbies in some of the world’s biggest football cities, playing for Sporting CP, Manchester United, Lazio and Fenerbahce during a illustrious career.

    The 35-year-old now faces an A-League derby and says the event will be comparable to his previous experience fighting for local bragging rights.

    “Derby is derby. You need to accept it for what it is, you need to win,” Nani said.

    “Derbies are there to win, not to lose, because if you lose it will be the worst day of your life. You can’t get out. I’m not in the mood to go out and you know you feel ashamed.

    “It’s a moment of pride, so you want to give your fans a great night, a special feeling, and make them feel like we’re the best in the country.”

    Nani said the Pobeda hosts will have to work hard to earn all three points ahead of a sell-out crowd at AAMI Park.

    “We know it’s a tough game,” he said. “They are also a strong opponent, so we need to give our all to win, let’s wait for the game and see what we can do.”

    Victory started the season with a 3-2 win over Sydney before losing 1-0 to Western City Wanderers last week.

    Last season, Pobeda finished one point behind their neighbors, who topped the table in the regular season. Melbourne City then lost to Western United in the Grand Final.

    Melbourne City started this campaign with two wins, an early sign that they should be contenders again.

    Nani sees Victory as an underdog this weekend, saying Melbourne City have a “fantastic squad”.

    “I think maybe they showed that they are better than us on the field, the way they performed,” said Nani. “Therefore, it will be very difficult for us. We need to be a compact team, we need to work really hard and then try our best to beat them.”

    Nani says that at the age of 35 he is putting in hours to get into top shape for his latest career challenge in Australia.

    Asked if he could do one of his famous back flips if he scored in the derby, Nani replied: “Yes, why not? Let’s see. I let the environment and the moment decide. So, whatever comes to mind, we will do it.”

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