Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro believes their domestic success after winning the 2014-15 A-League could trigger a new era of continental dominance.
The Victory picked up their first piece of silverware since 2009 on Sunday, claiming their third Championship with a 3–0 win against Sydney FC in the A-League Grand Final.
Following their achievement, Di Pietro has already turned his attention to the AFC Champions League and called on the club to emulate Western Sydney Wanderers’ ACL triumph in 2014.
“We’ve qualified for the ACL and we think that we’ve learnt a lot from the past. We think West Sydney have led the way and set a great example and a pathway,” the 46-year-old told the A-League’s official site.
“We want to be the next to get in there and showcase what Australia can produce. There’s not a measure now that we’re not the strongest club (after the grand final) and we want to bring that through to Asia.”
Striker Fahid Ben Khalfallah also shared the same ambition as the chairman, to win the regional competition next year.
“We saw last year that Western Sydney can win,” the Tunisian attacker added. “When you start a competition, it doesn’t matter whether it’s the ACL, A-League, we want to win.”