Brisbane Roar Head Coach Rado Vidosic has confirmed he will make changes for tomorrow night’s blockbuster against Sydney FC but remains tight-lipped about exact details.
Brisbane Roar Head Coach Rado Vidosic has confirmed he will make changes for tomorrow night-s blockbuster against Sydney FC but remains tight-lipped about exact details.
According to Vidosic, positive attitudes have been on show from the players at training this week despite last Friday-s loss to Melbourne Heart.
The result dropped Brisbane to bottom n the Hyundai A-League ladder but in a massive boost, prolific goal scorer Besart Berisha will be welcomed back into the Roar squad after missing the Heart fixture due to injury.
Goalkeeper Michael Theo has overcome a niggling calf to ensure he-s fit to take his place between the sticks against the Sky Blues.
The Brisbane boss wouldn-t reveal any other team news in his weekly pre-match press conference.
“They look switched on, they look focused and they look much better than they did leading into the Melbourne Heart game,” Vidosic said.
“I-m looking forward to a good performance and I think they all want to do the best they can tomorrow night.
“There will be some changes but I haven-t made up my mind.
“We-re still looking at some players so I-ll make up my mind before the game tomorrow.
“It will probably be based more form than anything else - I just need to see how players will respond and I need to make up my mind tomorrow.”
The round seven match marks the first of Sydney FC-s two visits to Suncorp Stadium this campaign. The marquee factor of Alessandro Del Piero has certainly played its part with the Brisbane club-s healthy ticket sales means their biggest crowd of the season so far is likely.
Even with all the hype, Vidosic has kept his analytical cap on, articulating how his side would aim to stop the passing game of the Italian superstar.
“It-s a great moment for everyone that-s involved in the game to come and watch him,” he said.
“It-s not everyday a league like the Australian league have players like that.
“We-re going to try and make sure he doesn-t receive the ball so we want to try and press them and keep the ball away from him because we know how dangerous he can be with the ball, especially close to goal.”
After coach Ian Crook-s sudden resignation after last Saturday-s shock 3-2 loss to Melbourne Victory, the Sky Blues are in the hands of former player and interim coach Steve Corica.
Sydney were leading 2-0 with just 12 minutes left to play before conceding three late goals.
That result came after the previous week-s loss to Central Coast Mariners meaning both sides will be eager for three points in tomorrow night-s match.
Friday, 16 November 2012 Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC Venue: Suncorp Stadium Kick off: 7:00 PM Local 8:00 PM AEDT Referee: Alan Milliner
Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 2. Radio broadcast: Grandstand Digital and Online.
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Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael Theo (GK), 2. Matt Smith (capt.), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10. Henrique, 11. Ben Halloran, 13. Yuji Takahashi, 14. Rocky Visonte, 16. Do Dong-Hyun, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Matt Acton (GK), 22. Thomas Broich, 24. Nick Fitzgerald. *four to be omitted*
Ins: Rocky Visconte (promoted), Do Dong-Hyun (promoted), Besart Berisha (returns from injury), 13. Yuji Takahashi (promoted)
Sydney FC squad: 1. Ivan Necevski (gk), 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Fabio, 4. Pascal Bosschaart, 7. Brett Emerton, 9. Paul Reid, 10. Alessandro Del Piero, 12. Blake Powell, 15. Terry McFlynn, 16. Joel Chianese, 18. Trent McClenahan, 19. Kruno Lovrek, 20. Vedran Janjetovic (gk), 21. Yairo Yau, 22. Ali Abbas, 23. Rhyan Grant *one to be omitted)
Ins: Joel Chianese (returns from injury), Kruno Lovrek (promoted)
Outs: Mitch Mallia (rested)
Unavailable: 6. Jason Culina, 17. Terry Antonis (International duty - Qantas Young Socceroos)