Gary Wilkins Medalist Corey Brown says expectations are driving his team to improve as Brisbane Roar FC face the Chinese U-22 Olympic national side on Monday, 28 August at Cbus Super Stadium.
Brisbane head into their fourth match of pre-season against the Asian opponents following clashes with Lions FC, Peninsular Power FC, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers.
Monday's game on the Gold Coast (7:30 pm KO) is another opportunity for John Aloisi's side to get more valuable match practice ahead of the blockbuster Hyundai A-League season opener against Melbourne City on Friday, 6 October at AAMI Park.
Brisbane Roar’s 2016/17 Player of the Season says having high expectations heading into the new season are motivating factors for every squad member.
“You start every year as a team with expectations to win trophies and personally I believe you have to have those expectations of yourself to have a good year and always improve,” Brown said.
“We’re working on something that’s bigger than pre-season friendlies.
"These games are important and nobody wants to lose in the manner we have, but we’re working hard and trying new things.
"There is confidence within the group that once it clicks we will start to produce the positive results we are after.”
The Roar are lining up against a side that is in good form on Monday night, with the U-22 Chinese national team coming off a huge win against rivals Japan in an AFC Qualifying match.
“Whenever you come up against a national side at any age, you expect to face high-quality opposition," Brown added.
"It will be a solid test. We're ready to take on a team that will be technically very strong no doubt.
“The Chinese people are passionate about football and as a nation they are starting to put plenty of resources into their national sides."
“It’s always good to play in front of passionate Queensland crowds so hopefully down at the Gold Coast we get some new faces come and support us and we can convert them into Roar fans by putting in a good performance.”
BRFC 2017/18 members and fans of football are invited to attend the match for free. Gates will open at 6:30 pm with the contest kicking off at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are limited and will not be available at the venue on the day. Free Entry HERE.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 pre-season. China U-22 Olympic National Team v Brisbane Roar FC.
Date: Monday, 28 August 2017.
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
Kick-off: 7:30pm (Gates open at 6:30pm)