He’s officially been in the top job less than 48 hours but new Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic has wasted no time at all in stamping his own identity at training ahead of next week’s AFC Champions League fixture against FC Tokyo.
He-s officially been in the top job less than 48 hours but new Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic has wasted no time at all in stamping his own identity at training ahead of next week-s AFC Champions League fixture against FC Tokyo.
It-s been a hectic week for the Roar squad who, after successfully defending their Hyundai A-League crown Sunday-s Grand Final decider against Perth Glory, have had to deal with the departure of much-loved coach Ange Postecoglou.
But newly-promoted Vidosic, a seven year veteran of the Roar coaching staff, has been quick to refocus on the football task at hand
“We-re fortunate that we have another game, actually two more games, coming up so it-s a good feeling to be in charge,” he said.
“After the announcement we had a field session and yesterday was a day off so I spent the day at home preparing for Tokyo game.”
The Roar are winless in the continental competition so far with two losses and two draws.
Tactical mastermind Vidosic was seen testing new formations at training this morning but concluded any changes would come only if needed on the day.
“Mainly we-ll be looking at strengthening our defence in the midfield,” he said.
“We may go with two number sixes, two defensive midfielders, just to see how that-s going to work.
“That doesn-t mean we-ll definitely play like that, we-ve still got our Plan A, this is just Plan B.
“This is something we are trying to develop and that means some of the games in the A-League (next season) will use this system as well but we still have our Plan A or system A that we can come back to.”
Vidosic was confident his back-up plan would work well with the versatile midfielders he has at his disposal.
“Erik and Luke Brattan or Erik and Massimo or Massimo and Luke Brattan or even Mitch Nichols can play in that (holding midfield) role,” he said.
“We need to see what is the best combination and that frees Thomas to play in the middle or Mitch to play as a number 10.
“I think that-s going to give us more balance when we are defending and balance while we-re attacking.”
The Roar squad and officials fly out of Brisbane on Sunday morning.