Sanchez primed for derby dramas, if he gets the chance

Football Federation Australia, the police and the AAMI Park security staff would almost certainly hate it.

Raucous fans singing, chanting and dancing in the aisles, declaring love for their team but excoriating their opponents with the worst insults they can think of.

Supporters with lovingly created banners full of symbolism, style and wit.

And flares going off to provide a smoke-filled background to a pyro party the likes of which is rarely seen in this country.

Cue meltdown in the corridors of power.

But there is one man who wouldn't be bothered by such a spectacle.

One man for whom such a tableau would provoke sentimental feelings of home.

One man for whom such scenes would provide inspiration to perform at a level beyond anything he has reached in his short time in Australia.

Matias Sanchez, a veteran of numerous Buenos Aires derbies, would not be concerned should a handful of flares be let off or insulting chants be directed at him on Saturday night when Melbourne Victory takes on Melbourne City in the second derby of the season.

Well, he won't be worried, if he is in the starting line-up.

With the return from injury of Mark Milligan, there is no guarantee Sanchez - who was in the team for Victory's win over Brisbane last weekend - will retain his place. After all, Milligan is a pillar of the midfield, one of the first names in coach Kevin Muscat's starting line-up when he's available.

But Sanchez, who has made four starts for Victory since joining in the off-season (and five more appearances off the bench) is ready if called upon.

"I wish to start but I don't know. Kevin has to make a decision, I am fit to start," he said on Thursday.

"We have a lot of players, its a big group, a good group. To win the championship you need a group, not just 11 players. We are a very good group, and when I have my opportunity I demonstrate what I can do."

And what about those riotous smoke-filled scenes, which are rarely seen in Australia.

In Argentina they give derby games - of which there are many in Buenos Aires - a special edge.

"I played for Racing against Independiente, Temperley against Banfield and Estudiantes against Gimnasia," Sanchez said.

"It's an amazing feeling. The fans are very passionate, they always singing, with flags, fire, it's very crazy, so I wish a lot of this derby.

"It's not scary. You feel the pressure, but when you go on the pitch you always want to win, so you have to concentrate.

"Here the Victory fans are very exciting, I can feel them. I would prefer this, it's always important for us as we feel their support."

Sanchez, who was part of the Estudiantes squad that won the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League in 2009, says the standard in Australia is good, but he won't make comparisons with his native country.

"On the field the football is a little bit different if you compare it with Argentina, it's different, not good not bad ... you always play forward. It's faster than Argentina, it's good quality. The MLS [where he spent a year with Columbus Crew] is similar."

This story Sanchez primed for derby dramas, if he gets the chance first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.