German midfielder Thomas Broich is hoping for another open football encounter when his Brisbane Roar side take on Perth Glory in this Saturday’s historic clash at Suncorp Stadium.
German midfielder Thomas Broich is hoping for another open football encounter when his Brisbane Roar side take on Perth Glory in this Saturday-s historic clash at Suncorp Stadium.
If the Roar avoid defeat against Perth, they will claim the all-time Australian undefeated streak of any football code with 36 games without a loss, overcoming NSW Rugby Football League team Eastern Suburbs who have held the record since 1937.
However, Broich and his teammates maintain their focus is still purely on claiming another three points through their usual attacking approach and possession game.
“We-re not winning a championship or anything on the weekend, it-s just another game,” he said.
“We-ve never been about this, it-s always been on the performance and the result.
“It-s nice to be unbeaten but that-s it, we don-t feel any extra pressure.”
When questioned about his predictions for the Glory-s game plan, the 30-year-old was hopeful the opposition would try to play a more open style of football than Brisbane experienced in recent matches against Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix.
Given that this particular fixture has averaged five goals a game in their past six meetings, Broich-s optimism probably isn-t too far off the mark.
“I have no idea (how they-re going to play), it-s tough to predict now,” he said.
“Personally, I hope they want to play some footy.
“I give credit to Newcastle - they tried hard, they played well and they got closest to beating us so maybe other teams should try that too.”
While all the hype surrounding Saturday-s match has been focused on the slice of history up for grabs, the former German U21 international said the game held importance for table standings as well.
Brisbane are currently six points clear on the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder and with 20 regular rounds still to play, Broich said a little bit of breathing room at the summit of the league would prove valuable as the competition progressed.
“Perth are in good shape at the moment and if they beat us, we-re only three points clear and it-ll be close,” he said.
“They had a pretty good start to the season and it-ll be a good game to play, you want to play the top teams especially here at Suncorp - it should be great fun.”