Carrusca: Extra week gives United edge

Having an extra week off to prepare for Friday night’s Semi Final clash against Melbourne City at Hindmarsh Stadium will give Adelaide United an advantage says the Reds Argentinian superstar Marcelo Carrusca.

The clash to decide who plays in the A-League Grand Final promises to be an enticing affair after Melbourne City booked a trip to Adelaide courtesy of an impressive 2-0 win over Perth Glory on the weekend

Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United have been the traditional interstate foes, but the Reds versus City contest now has a new rivalry in the making.

The last time the two teams faced each other was in the last game of the A-League regular season. 

Both teams were involved in an ugly half-time brawl which in the end saw United win the contest and ultimately the Premiers Plate.

It consigned Melbourne City to a third spot finish in the A-League and no doubt they will have revenge on their mind for Friday night’s clash.

In the meantime, United’s diminutive midfielder Carrusca says that the Reds aren’t resting on their laurels and want additional silverware to add to their collection.

“Now we want more,” he said.

"We want to win first the Semi-final. This is the first objective and then after to play in the Grand Final of course. 

“Everybody believes in each other in this team. And outside and inside the pitch we are together and we are all pushing the same way and we are looking forward to playing the Semi-Final at home.”

Last season Adelaide were in a similar position to where they are now, but couldn’t make the Grand Final as their tired legs couldn’t get them past Sydney FC.

This time around Carrusca says the week off has been vital and they are in a better position to take that next step.

“It’s very important because you know at this time of the competition everyone has problems,” he said.

“Muscle problems or arriving very tired for the game because it’s the end of the season. And we have a couple of players who were playing with a lot of problems in the body and now with the week off it’s perfect. 

“Because players can recover and be fit and ready to play the semi-final, this doesn’t happen with the other teams. So we have to take advantage of that.”

Heading into Friday night’s game, Hindmarsh stadium is now a sell-out after 14,000 tickets were already snapped up by eager Reds fans last week.

And walking around the City of Churches, Carrusca says there is a buzz due to the team’s success.

“Everybody is happy now,” he said.

"Everybody is supporting us. When you walk in the street you can see the people are different now, it didn’t happen the first time I came, but now we are enjoying this moment. 

"We call all the supporters and the fans to come and see us and for us and for the city and for the club this game - it’s very important.  We need everybody all together so we can do something more important than we have done before.”

  • 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.