Behich Excited By Emerton Challenge

Melbourne Heart FC defender Aziz Behich says he’s excited by the prospect of lining up against Socceroo legend Brett Emerton in tonight’s encounter with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Melbourne Heart FC defender Aziz Behich says he-s excited by the prospect of lining up against Socceroo legend Brett Emerton in tonight-s encounter with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium.

However, while the Olyroo star said the prospect of challenging the former Blackburn Rovers winger is a tantalising proposition, Behich refused to be overawed by the task.

“He's a very good player, a big player. He's played in the English Premier League so it's very exciting playing against Emmo," he told the Herald Sun.

“But it doesn't mean we're going to change anything. We're just focused on our own game and our aim is to win and ideally to score and not concede.”

Following Heart-s triumph in the Melbourne Derby, the Red and White-s sit a point clear in second spot, placing John van ‘t Schip-s side well in contention to secure a double chance for the finals.

But with 15 matches still to play, Behich says the team refuses to be caught up in the hype.

The 20-year-old believes the team is capable of making significant strides forward over the coming months, citing improved defensive performances as an immediate goal.

“We had to start focusing on Sydney pretty quickly, but the coach was happy with us (against Victory),” he said.

“We can still improve a lot. Clean sheets would always be good. Obviously I can get better but I'm still learning the left back position and trying to adapt."