We're Improving Each Week: Fred

After a stuttering start to the Hyundai A-League season, Melbourne Heart FC’s recent emergence as one of the competition’s undoubted front runners has highlighted a marked transformation.

After a stuttering start to the Hyundai A-League season, Melbourne Heart FC-s recent emergence as one of the competition-s undoubted front runners has highlighted a marked transformation.

Demonstrating significant growth by the week, Heart-s rise up the competition table has placed the club in genuine contention to contend for a debut finals berth.

While pundits have grasped for various rationales to explain the Club-s surge, Captain Fred has identified a more succinct reason.

The Brazilian midfielder says an increased level of understanding and cohesion with the squad is the key trigger for Heart-s rapid improvement.

“It-s been good. We-ve started to perform better every week and are now getting the results we need,” Fred said.

“The main reason for our recent improvement in form is we have begun to play as a team. We have started to develop a better understand of each other out on the field.

“When you play like a team, everything gets easier.”

With the Melbourne Derby lying tantalisingly over the horizon, attentions are fast turning to the prospective match-up between the Red and Blues halves of Australia-s sporting capital.

Fred however refuses to be drawn into the discussion, instead focusing his attention on the upcoming road trip to nib Stadium and the Perth Glory.

With the Glory inflicting a 2-1 defeat over Heart at AAMI Park during week two, the team is eager to avenge the result, which marked the nadir of the Club-s season to date.

Fred said: “It-s a nice feeling to get more attention for our performances, but we just need to concentrate on the matches which are in front of us.

“We have Perth to play and we need to start thinking about this team as it will be difficult to play over there. The weekend-s win is in the past now, and we need to concentrate on first Perth, then the Victory next week.

“Everyone-s training hard, everyone-s training happy. It-s easier always easier when you start to win and hopefully, if we win the next two we can have a nice Christmas.”