After a grueling schedule which has included 16 games in 60 days, Brisbane Roar’s Jack Hingert believes having their first seven-day break since mid-March could make the difference.
The Roar tackle Adelaide United tonight in a do-or-die Elimination Final at Adelaide Oval.
Brisbane have been juggling their AFC Champions League commitments of late, meaning a hectic schedule which Hingert admitted has taken its toll.
They weren’t aided by re-scheduled league fixtures against Western Sydney Wanderers (March 25) and Melbourne Victory (April 15) either.
However, for the first time since mid-March, the Roar haven’t had a midweek game this week and enjoyed a seven-day break.
Hingert, who scored the winner the last time these two sides met, said that held the reigning champions in good stead.
“It’s been pretty hectic with the midweek ACL games and all the travel,” Hingert told FourFourTwo.
“It’s been great to have the full week with no travel, so we can prepare ourselves really well for this game and all the little things we want to focus on.
“Everyone is buzzing at training.”
The Roar have covered more than 23,000 kilometres during their three away ACL matches, which curiously they’ve backed with league wins on every occasion.
Speaking about the travel, Hingert added: “It’s tough. Obviously we’re used to training every day, but the travel takes its toll.
“It’s always hard with the long flights, but we’ve dealt with it pretty well so far.”
Hingert hinted there might be a surprise or two in the Roar’s starting line-up for tonight’s clash and was hopeful of a starting berth.
He pointed to Brisbane’s good record in Adelaide, but added the group had belief they could beat anyone on their day.
“We believe on our day, if we stick to our game plan and play how we work on it at training, we can beat anyone,” he said.
“We all believe that, so we try to focus on ourselves.
“Even though we’ve had a tough season, particularly the start, we always believe we can beat any team on our day.”