Danger man: Jeronimo Neumann of high flyers Adelaide United. Photo: Getty Images
Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold is wary of the evolving style of play of Adelaide United and put his players through additional hours of video analysis during the week in hope of continuing the Reds woes in Gosford.
Adelaide have lost their past eight games to the Mariners and have not left the Central Coast with three points since early 2009, but Arnold is not relying on history to carry his team through Saturday’s game against a team he views as a threat to his A-League crown.
The Mariners boss is cautious of the tactical evolution of the Reds with Spanish coach Josep Gombau beginning a transition from physical football to a more possession-based style of play. As a result, Arnold spent more time analysing Adelaide’s tactics with his players than ever before in hope of ensuring Gosford remains a graveyard for the Reds.
”Josep [Gombau] has brought a different style to Adelaide and we’ve had to do a lot of video analysis this week on the change in Adelaide, and they’ve got some good-quality foreigners, especially up front, [Jeronimo] Neumann’s in good form,” Arnold said. ”Under Josep, they’re playing out from the back and fullbacks are getting forward much more. There are more rotations in possession but we’ve seen enough of their games to see that they’ve got a few weaknesses and that’s for us to exploit.”
Meanwhile, Adelaide defender Nigel Boogaard attributes his career as a professional footballer to the patience of the Mariners in the first two seasons of the A-League but says he will show no empathy towards his former club on Saturday.
The giant central defender was struck down with glandular fever in his first year before sustaining a long-term injury in his second season and says that if it wasn’t for the faith of former coach Lawrie McKinna, he would have struggled to forge a career in the game. Though Boogaard says he will treat his former employer as he would any other rival during the 90 minutes. ”As soon as you cross that line, you completely forget about the past,” he said.