Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has conceded it’s unlikely his squad will remain unchanged ahead of their clash with Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday.
Popovic acknowledged that while it was a popular strategy to leave a successful side unchanged, the club would play a side suited to the testing West Australian conditions.
"Each game we judge on its merits, and we go game by game,” Popovic said.
"I don't believe in (if) you win, you change your winning team.
"You put a team out that you believe will win the next game.”
With the majority of the Wanderers squad approaching full fitness, Popovic has erred caution on rushing back some of his star players.
"Yeah I know some of those boys are training but they're not yet available,” he said.
“So they’re not really in consideration for selection - the boys that have been out for a long time.”
The Wanderers manager also acknowledged that regardless of the home side’s form, a trip to Perth is always a precarious proposition.
"Winning always breeds confidence and they've had two very good results,” he said.
"Regardless of the result last night we know it's a tough trip to Perth.
"A week is a long time in football, and we're going to Perth fully prepared, expecting a tough game and we have to be at our best."
The Wanderers early season form and style has been praised in recent weeks, with the club on the precipice of recording an eighth straight victory.
This is something Popovic puts down to the lessons learnt after a harsh 2014/15 A-League season.
"As a team, as a club, as a coach, you're constantly evolving and I'm no different,” he said.
"Last year, over a six month period we had an education as club and as a coach that you don't get in four or five years
"We always believed that would make us stronger... and so far we can see we're stronger as a club."comments