A bumper schedule has made manager Carlos Salvachua's task of salvaging Melbourne Victory's A-League season extremely tough
Melbourne Victory coach Carlos Salvachua admits it has been a challenging few days since taking over from axed Reds boss Marco Kurz.
The Spaniard has had limited time to prepare the squad for the Reds clash and it showed from the outset of the 1-0 loss.
The visitors lacked their usual confidence and aggression, and the contest also appeared void of its consistent fierce and fiery clashes.
After a sluggish first half, Salvachua drew many positives from his side's second half but conceded there was little time to dwell.
"I had just two days trying to change something," he said.
"It's not easy but we have to look forward - we have another game in another two days and another one in another six.
"It's tough moments but I think we have enough quality and enough players to keep going."
It doesn't appear to get any easier for Salvachua with Victory facing a mammoth month.
It kicks-off on Tuesday night when they host Bali United in an AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2 match at AAMI Park.
Salvachua will then only have a couple of days to prepare for a clash against league leaders Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday before potentially flying out to Japan a few days later.
If Victory defeat Bali, they will take on J-League side Kashima Antlers on Tuesday week for a place in Group E of the upcoming AFC Champions League.
After the potential fixture in Japan is a Round 17 A-League match against the third-placed Glory in Perth on February 1.
A week later, Salvachua will taste his first derby with second-placed Melbourne City at AAMI Park.
The bumper schedule makes Salvachua's task of salvaging Victory's season that much tougher and the challenge isn't lost on the Spaniard.
"We need to work, we need to train," he said.
"We need time, we need more sessions, we need to build up the team and the training is important.
"My philosophy is really important and (so is) what's happening during the weeks (at training)."