Winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah says he’s simply looking forward to getting back on the pitch ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster Hyundai A-League clash against Melbourne Victory.
The Roar return to Suncorp Stadium for the first time in a month to face the Tunisian’s former club, but he says he is solely focused on bringing about a third win of the season for his new club.
“Everyone knows I spent three years at the Victory, but now I play for Brisbane Roar. I still have friends at the Victory, but it’s just another game for me,” he added.
“It’s a big game against a good team at our home ground so we need to get the three points.”
This weekend's match is the first of a number of home matches to be played at Suncorp Stadium in the coming weeks.
Four of the Roar’s next five Hyundai A-League matches are in Brisbane, providing a great opportunity for John Aloisi's side to consolidate their spot inside the top six.
“We know our supporters are right behind us so we want to play well for them,” Ben Khalfallah said.
“The next five games we have four at home, and there are teams towards the top of the ladder who are only a few points ahead of us.”
Brisbane has had early season injuries, but with a number of senior players set to be available to play in the coming weeks, the damaging winger says the Roar have what it takes to beat any side in the Hyundai A-League.
“I believe we have one of the best squads in the league. Once we have everyone back, we will show everyone what this side is capable of,” he said.
“If we play the football we know we can, we can beat anyone.”
Injuries have however created opportunities for the younger members of the Brisbane squad to experience Hyundai A-League football.
Teenagers Joe Caletti and Nick D’Agostino have been heavily involved in the opening stage of the season while young fullback Connor O’Toole has impressed since making his debut in Round 6 against the Victory.
“They work hard at training and have then taken their chances when they get it. We have a lot of young players who have done a great job this season,” Ben Khalfallah concluded.