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Berisha fire in check: Roar A-League coach

Posted by on 02/05/2019

Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey wants Besart Berisha to be his usual fiery self in what looms as an emotional semi-final against the controversial striker’s next A-League team.

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Sunday’s sudden-death playoff against Melbourne Victory could be the end of Berisha’s successful three-season Roar stint if the visitors pull off a major upset at Suncorp Stadium.

The former Albanian international has had a disrupted season, receiving a competition record three red cards, and has been in and out of side since signing with the Victory.

Berisha also put himself on a media ban a week after announcing his new deal, but has made a point of trying keep the support of the home fans.

Mulvey denied he’d caution the hot-headed former Golden Boot about keeping his cool after being accused of putting himself on thin ice with match officials.

“No, we have a referee who will control the game,” he said. “I have no worries about that and he will just play his game.

“It’s a semi-final and it’s going to be tough. They’re uncompromising – we’re uncompromising.

“We both play in a fair manner.”

With Melbourne scaring Brisbane on the break in the Roar’s 1-0 win six weeks ago, Mulvey said it was crucial his side weren’t “caught with their pants down” from turnovers.

“The transition moments will be very important in the game,” he said.

“At the same time, we have the players who are going to disturb them.”

A home victory will see Brisbane host their third grand final in four seasons next Sunday, while the winner will have the chance to become the first team to win three A-League championships.

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