Ange Postecoglou’s men may have travelled to Korea and back this week, but the trip won’t compromise Brisbane Roar’s football philosophy when they face the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Sunday.
Ange Postecoglou-s men may have travelled to Korea and back this week, but the trip won-t compromise Brisbane Roar-s football philosophy when they face the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Sunday.
An AFC Champions League match in Ulsan, South Korea has been book ended by the first and second leg Major Semi Final matches against the Mariners.
However, with away goals crucial in a two-legged final, Postecoglou believes his side-s natural attacking instincts will serve them well.
“We don-t really need to change anything,” Postecoglou said.
“At the end of the day it-s a game where there is a lot on the line but from our point of view it-s still a game we-re going to try and win, like we always do.
“The fact we already have a two goal lead becomes irrelevant.
“This situation forces you to still be attacking and we play better when we-re trying to win games and score goals.
“It-s a game of football and we try and win every game of football we play and that-s what we-ll be doing tomorrow.”
Refreshed , following two days based in Terrigal, Postecoglou will be able to call upon both Mohamed Adnan and Henrique after the pair missed Wednesday-s 1-1 draw with Ulsan Hyundai.
Adnan met the team in Sydney on Friday, having sat out Wednesday-s match having been suspended for picking up a yellow card in each of Brisbane-s opening ACL fixtures.
While Henrique travelled to Korea, he was not part of the match day squad after reporting hamstring soreness during the first leg of the Major Semi Final in Brisbane.
The additions mean Postecoglou has a full squad to select from at an important stage of the season.
As for the opposition, Brisbane-s Head Coach is expecting the usual hard fought encounter with his side-s close rivals.
“I think they-ll play their normal game, they-ve got plenty of time to get the two goals they need,” he said.
“They handled it pretty similarly last year, so I don-t expect too much to change.
“If the game wears on and they haven-t got a goal, then they may have to change their approach and if we score they-ll definitely have to.
“It-s up to us to make sure we play our game and get on the front foot.
“This is a different situation to last season.
“Last season we were going back home with a two goal lead and that was a bit of a weird one.
“Last year we probably got into a little bit of a defensive mindset coming back home, this year we know we can make it easier for ourselves if we can go out there and score some goals.
“With this one we know if we can score a goal away from home it-s going to make it hard for them.”