Bruce Djite: We want to win everything
Adelaide take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday in their opening fixture of the 2014-15 A-League season.
The Reds finished sixth in 2013-2014, head coach Josep Gombau’s first campaign in charge, but were knocked out of the finals by Central Coast Mariners.
Djite, who bagged five goals last season, believes Adelaide will need a little luck on their side to better last season’s effort and claim a piece of silverware.
“I think the aim has to be to win everything, FFA Cup, A-League minor premiership and the Grand Final,” he said.
“Of course such a feat is very difficult to achieve but that has to be the goal of every club. Is it realistic? Well I think not only quality will allow you to achieve this, we will also need some luck.
“The way the A-League is structured with the salary cap and cap on player numbers etc the competition is very tight and I think at a minimum we have to qualify for the finals series and go a few steps further then we did last season.”
Djite said Adelaide has prepared well for the new campaign.
“The preparation for this season has been quite good, we have enhanced our understanding of the style that the coach has been trying to implement,” he said.
“We have also evolved from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3 and we are working on our capabilities of effectively and efficiently playing both formations and being able to change from one to the other during games depending on the result and the composition of our opponents.”
Djite enjoyed a successful season under Gombau, claiming two assists in his 21 appearances. The centre forward, who has been capped nine times for the Socceroos, is hoping for an injury-free year.
“Last season was OK for me a little up and down, the serious ankle injury I sustained at the end of pre-season caused me to miss the start of the season and then you are always playing catch up,” he said.
“Once I felt good and got a bit of form, then I had a little groin problem and whilst it may only be two or three weeks out, that is enough to disrupt the rhythm and momentum that I had built up. I think myself and the team as a whole really came good in the latter part of the season and if we can carry on that momentum into this season then we are in with a chance.”
Brisbane Roar, the defending champions, are the Reds’ first challenge, with the two sides meeting in the FFA Cup recently where Adelaide ran out 2-0 winners. They next face Sydney FC in a Cup quarter-final on October 21.
“I am expecting the Roar to bring their best game this Sunday, the quality that the Roar possess is well documented,” Djite said.
“They are at home, the defending champions and they will certainly not give up points easily. It will be a tough test for us, but a good test that the boys are all looking forward to.
“We have to be totally focused, committed and together in how we execute our game plan on the weekend and I am sure if we all put in our best performance we will give ourselves the best chance of coming away from that game with all three points and that would be a phenomenal result and start to our campaign.”
Adelaide have brought in Dylan McGowan, Jimmy Jeggo, Craig Goodwin and Spaniard Pablo Sanchez for the new season. Djite said the new signings have fit in seamlessly.
“They all bring their own qualities on the field, that goes without saying,” according to the 27-year old.
“Josep and the football staff know exactly the types of players they want and what roles they envisage them playing before recruiting them. This in many aspects is easier then picking the right people to bring to the club and for me,
"I think one thing that the boss should be commended for is the characters that he is bringing into the club.
“All the boys are first and foremost great people, really good characters; and for me this is the fundamental ingredient for any success.”