Adelaide United sit atop of the A-League after being unbeaten for 14 games, but Reds striker Bruce Djite says any title favourite talk is being ignored and the focus is on tonight’s blockbuster clash against Melbourne City.
The Reds record breaking feat has included 11 wins and three draws.
From being bottom of the league in round eight, United now lead the league, and it has many pundits claiming that Adelaide are the front runners for the A-League title.
However the Reds in-form attacking weapon says that even though talk regarding United as the main title favourites is getting loud the team are not listening.
“It’s not affecting the squad too much considering everyone thought that we were rubbish at the start of the season,” Djite said.
“It’s just opinions so we don’t listen to them. Because if we listened to it at the start then we wouldn’t be where we are now and if we listen to it now we probably won’t end up where we are now.”
While the Reds undefeated record is the envy of most A-League teams, for 23 games Djite was unable to get on the scoresheet. But since he broke his duck with two goals against Brisbane in round 16 the 28 year old has scored five goals in seven games. The nine capped Socceroo puts his form down to increased awareness in responding to goal scoring situations.
“It’s maybe just reading the game better,” he said. Knowing where the balls are going to be and maybe reacting better to different situations. The consistent work in training. That is what comes down to it at the end of the day.
“Any striker will tell you they work harder than ever and sometimes the ball doesn’t go in and if they keep working at that level then eventually it will. It’s not about my goals we share them around in my team and its fantastic attribute of Adelaide United. As long as we keep winning games that’s all that counts at the moment.”
Ahead of tonight’s crucial home game against Melbourne City Djite believes that the Reds can win but still feels they are still one of the competitions underdogs.
“I don’t think we are the favourites at all,” he said.
“I don’t think we are the favourites to win the league or the Grand Final.
“I was speaking to Michael Zullo yesterday and he alluded to how wealthy their club is and obviously they are doing well and we are a battling club if you like when it comes to finances.
“We’re not big spenders or anything like that, like some of the bigger clubs in the competition but we are sitting top. So that is a testament to the players, the coaching staff and every one at the club and the work that they are doing.”
- 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.