Cassandra Treppiedi previews a Round One fixture between two Clubs aiming for more wins in 2017.
Last season, both Adelaide United and Adelaide Olympic finished near the bottom of the ladder, despite having solid campaigns, Olympic only two points ahead of United in ninth spot, on 22 points.
Currently under new management and having bolstered their squads, both sides will look to be more of a threat in 2017.
During the 2016/17 season, Adelaide United recorded a 2-0 away win in Round 11, and Olympic also got a win on the board, securing a 2-1 triumph over the Young Reds in Round 22.
Adelaide United Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic, is confident that the Foxtel National Youth League provided beneficial preparation, and puts them a step ahead of the rest of the league which is important in the early stages.
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“We are looking very fresh ahead of the National Premier League, and there is a great amount of energy in training and preparing for the upcoming season.
“Our preseason matches went great, with a convincing win against White City, and we also played well against a strong MetroStars outfit.
“The team are looking sharp and are ready for the season, we know it will be competitive so we have a great depth in our squad, which is a positive for us.
“Playing in the National Youth League was very beneficial, as we had a lot of competitive games and have been together for a couple of months now.”
Skenderovic revealed that United’s focus will be on their own football, and not too concerned about the style of their opponents.
“We don’t know too much about Adelaide Olympic’s style of football as of yet, but one thing that is for sure is that we will be concentrating on our own football and the dynamics of our game, in particular, goal scoring and defensive duties.”
One of the Head Coach’s at Adelaide Olympic, Derek Hall, is also confident in his side and have prepared themselves exceptionally.
“We have prepared very well, and are looking forward to this National Premier League season, of course with the new coaches in myself and Branko (Milosevic), and a new team.
“We are confident, and hoping to see how we will progress in the first three or four games where we believe we can also put our stamp on the team’s performances and get the best out of our players, in which the boys have responded well to it.
“We know that Adelaide United are very well prepared and organised, and have been together in training for a while, and will be a little bit ahead of us but we will deal with that and trust in our tactics on the day.
“We have done our homework on United, and hopefully on the day we can come out on top.”