Above: Maja Markovski speaking to the media today. Photo: Melbourne Victory.
Ahead of tomorrow’s huge clash between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, Impetus’ Ben Gilby heard from Victory forward Maja Markovski (15/2/22).
Melbourne Victory’s 20-year-old striker Maja Markovski is looking forward to take on A-League Women leaders Sydney FC tomorrow, with the opportunity of becoming only the second player all season to score a goal against them.
“They have only conceded one goal all season, so I definitely see it as a challenge. The girls and I are determined to go for it!” she smiled.
Jeff Hopkins’ side comes into the game in strong form, looking to be hitting their peak at the right time.
“We’ve improved in areas which, earlier on in the season we had struggled with. The test now comes with playing Sydney FC and I think that will be a really good game,” Markovski said.
“It will be a game where we are going to have to remain patient and take chances when they come. Last time it came down to the 120th minute (in the Grand Final). If it goes to the end this time as well, so be it!”
The striker highlighted that she feels Kyra Cooney-Cross and Alex Chidiac can be the key players in threatening Sydney.
“Kyra brings a lot out wide. She’s really fast and can whip some good balls in as well as cutting in and shooting. Not only that but with ‘Chids’ cutting in from behind and getting it, they will be a threat against Sydney.”
With Victory losing Claudia Bunge on international duty, another centre-back reshuffle is required. Markovski outlined the present thinking behind how that will go.
“We’ll probably have AJ (Amy Jackson) in there. She’s played a few games there before and done really well for us. We also have Brooke (Hendrix) there too as well who has added experience, so we should be OK.”
The 20-year-old outlined the huge respect that she has for Sydney FC, believing that there are very few weaknesses in their team.
“They are really disciplined in the back, their midfield is quality and their forwards are super dangerous. They have quality across the whole park.”
Looking beyond this season, Markovski revealed that she is weighing up options of where to play once the A-League Women campaign is over. Despite saying that no decisions have been made, she asserted: “Anywhere in Europe would be nice, to be honest.”