Can Adelaide finally win an A-League title? We preview the Reds in preparation for the new A-League season.
Adelaide started horribly last season, winning just one game from its first nine.
Questions were asked of Josep Gombau’s playing style and whether his team were good enough to play the ‘tiki taka’ football he was asking of his players.
However, the tide turned for Adelaide midway through the season, going seven games unbeaten from round 10 to round 16 and went on to finish 6th.
The Reds were knocked out in the first week of finals to a well-drilled Central Coast outfit.
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Josep Gombau has reportedly implemented a 3-4-3 system at Adelaide for the upcoming season which means one thing: goals…at both ends.
Along with Brisbane and Melbourne Victory, Adelaide were the most exciting team to watch in the A-League last season and don’t expect that to change.
Gombau will stick to his style no matter the results, and the backend to last season proved his players were more than good enough to play his way.
If it all clicks together, the Reds could be a genuine title threat.
Pablo Sanchez (CD Lugo/ESP), James Jeggo (Melbourne Victory/AUS), Dylan McGowan (Hearts/SCO), Craig Goodwin (Newcastle Jets)
Jacob Melling (Melbourne City/AUS), Jake Barker-Daish (Released), Daniel Bowles (Brisbane Roar/AUS), Jeronimo Neumann (Newcastle Jets/AUS), Jon McKain (Released), Michael Zullo (End of Loan, FC Utrecht/NED)
Goalkeepers: Eugene Galekovic, John Hall, Paul Izzo
Defenders: Dylan McGowan, Michael Marrone, Osama Malik, Craig Goodwin, Mark Ochieng, Cassio, Nigel Boogard, Jordan Elsey
Midfielders: Cameron Watson, Jimmy Jeggo, Isiais, Tarek Elrich, Marcelo Carrusca
Attackers: Bruce Djite, Fabio Ferreira, Sergio Cirio, Awer Mabil
It’s very difficult to say what will happen with Adelaide.
If it all clicks together, then they will be right at the very top fighting for a grand final spot.
If not, then they will struggle to make finals.
Adelaide have kept relatively the same side as last season, with the exception of Jeronimo Neumann who has joined Newcastle.
Spanish attacker Pablo Sanchez comes into the side with big wraps having spent time at Sevilla and Recreativo Huelva, and Reds fans will be hoping he can match the performances of Jeronimo.
As mentioned previously it really could go either way, but they should make finals.