Carrusca backs Reds for finals charge

Adelaide United’s Argentinian playmaker Marcelo Carrusca says his team’s current run of form means the Reds are in contention for the end of season finals.

The claim will be put to a stern test when the Reds take on league leaders Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium tonight.

United’s recent resurgence has seen the Reds win three out of their last four games, firing them off the bottom of the A-League ladder.

A win against the Wanderers will see them leapfrog Wellington Phoenix and start the New Year in the top six.

Carrusca said that even during his side’s run of poor form he believed the team had the capability to be a finals contender.

“Of course we always want to be near the top of the ladder,” Carrusca said.

“Sometimes it’s difficult, we started not winning, and we started bad this season. But now we have confidence, we know how we play, we know the players we have, it’s just that we have to put in our mind and believe in ourselves that we can be in the finals.”

Despite his confidence Carrusca was wary of talking up the Reds too much.

“I have confidence and the players also, but I can’t say we are going to win another game after that and the people have to be worried about us because I don’t know what’s going to happen next week,” he said.

“But of course we are training very hard every week to win the game and this week doesn’t change.”

Another major factor in the Reds resurgence is the return of captain and goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

Since his return in round seven, Adelaide have only lost one game and the Socceroos shot-stopper has kept four clean sheets in six games.

While Carrusca was happy to have his captain back he also made sure to point at the work that stand in goalkeeper John Hall did at the beginning of the season.

I think (Hall) is a great goalkeeper,” he said.

“When the team doesn’t play well of course you can speak about the goalkeeper but I think Hall did well. Unfortunately we didn’t win with him in goals but it doesn’t mean he is not a good goalkeeper.

“Of course Galekovic is very important for us. He is the captain. Now he is back from injury and feels better that is the most important thing. He doesn’t have any issues with his knee so we are happy that he is back.”

The Reds inability to win a game in the first eight rounds of the season had some questioning the whole philosophy of the team and, whether since the Gombau-era, Adelaide was paying the price for trying to play like Barcelona.  Carrusca denies this is the case.

“No,” he said. “We are trying to play one style that is similar to how Barcelona play because the coach is from Barcelona.

“Everybody knows well our style, but of course there is a big difference such as the quality of the players in the same role.

“It is difficult to build one style this takes a very long time and I think we can say we have one style, not many clubs can say that.

“We are grateful with Josep Gombau at the moment he came and bring this knowledge that he passed onto us and now with Guillermo (Amor) we continue with this style.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.