The dust has settled on Saturday night’s historic 4-0 victory over Perth Glory and the next target is clear and simple for Brisbane Roar’s record-breaking squad – ensure this season’s Hyundai A-League title stays with the current champions.
The dust has settled on Saturday night-s historic 4-0 victory over Perth Glory and the next target is clear and simple for Brisbane Roar-s record-breaking squad - ensure this season-s Hyundai A-League title stays with the current champions.
That-s the message from Roar right-back Ivan Franjic, who was deservedly proud of the accomplishment of 36 matches without a loss but admitted the hard work is far from over for him and his teammates.
“Everyone is always happy with a win but to get a record and the way we did it in style was a big achievement,” he said.
“I-ve been lucky enough to go this run of games but as the gaffer said the other day, we-re here to win trophies and that-s what we want to do.”
Adding to the significance of the night, the 24-year-old celebrated the all-time Australian record with his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance.
A double from two of Brisbane-s newest boys, Besart Berisha and Issey Nakajima-Farran, secured the important win for the club, which now sees them sit amongst the nation-s footballing elite in the history books.
Not content with securing domestic success, Franjic dared to set his sights even higher by also announcing his ambitions for next year-s AFC Champions League.
The draw for the competition, which begins in the first week of March next year, will take place at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on December 6.
“Going 36 games unbeaten is something that only happens once in a lifetime for a footballer,” he said.
“But our main goal now is to finish first in the league, have a good crack at Asia and win the grand final again this year.
“It-ll be good to know who we-re playing in Asia but for now, we-ll just concentrate on this weekend-s game against Sydney.
“We-ll keep working hard at training and continue our preparations which will help when Champions League does come along.”