Reds ready to roll EPL big boys

Adelaide United skipper Eugene Galekovic says the Reds will be looking for a positive outcome when they take on two English Premier League powerhouses over the next week.

After being edged by Villarreal, United continue their blockbuster pre-season build-up on Wednesday with a behind-closed-doors match against EPL giants Manchester City.

Then it's a face-off with Merseyside legends, Liverpool, in front of a capacity crowd at Adelaide Oval on July 20 .

Despite the City game on the Gold Coast being in lockdown due to Cbus Stadium costs, Galekovic says it doesn’t diminish the excitement of taking on football superstars such as Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri.

“This is a rare occurrence,” Galekovic said. “It’s the first time Adelaide United has played such big teams, and the boys are really looking forward to it.

“You don’t get to play against such teams all the time so it’s one of those games that you will always remember.”

And Galekovic insisted Josep Gombau’s men won’t be mere shooting fodder for their more celebrated opponents.

“Definitely we can cause an upset,” the three-time A-League Goalkeeper of the Year said.

“We want to go out there and get a result. You don’t play to stop them from scoring you play to get a result and we’ll definitely do that.

“We played well against Villarreal in an earlier friendly, and even though we lost 3-2 we deserved to get something from that game – we dominated for 70-75 minutes.

“During the last (A-League) All Stars game no one gave us a chance against Juventus and we put on a good show there too.

“It will probably be a little bit different against Liverpool and Manchester City – we are both in our pre-season.

“It’s about getting our fitness levels up and trying to adapt more to our style and prepare ourselves for the season. There a lot of upsets in pre-season and we’ll go out there and give it our best shot.”

The Reds head into pre-season with a stable line-up compared with other A-League teams.

“It is a settled side this season," Galekovic said.

“We’ve already signed Iacopo La Rocca (but) we’re not like other teams where they’ve got to change six-seven players and sometimes up to 10 players.

“We were settled like that last season and hopefully that plays a part in the season because we know how every individual works and what they are good at.

“Hopefully we keep getting better results.”

Both games against the EPL big boys will provide Adelaide with an excellent run up to the FFA Cup game against Darwin Olympic in early August.

Galekovic adding: “In terms of the scheduling its great timing for us to use these games as preparation for the FFA Cup game and for the A-League season.

“There is no excuse getting a slow start this season.”