Bernardo: Focused on Brisbane

Bernardo Oliverira spoke to media on Thursday at Coopers Stadium, reflecting on his season and looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Brisbane Roar.

Scoring in front of the Red Army and Cassio:

“It was an incredible feeling scoring in front of the home fans – it’s something that every kid in Adelaide dreams of.

“As soon as the ball went in, I started celebrating and it was a great feeling.

“With him (Cassio) in the stands it was like how I use to watch him play and now with me scoring and him watching me, it shows how much time’s changed.”

Developing as a professional:

“I feel like I’m progressing pretty well in the team.

“It’s my first year as a professional footballer and the good team culture has helped me, as well as Carl (Veart), and the other coaches.

“It’s just been easy for me to adjust and get used to the environment.

“It just feels normal to me because I’ve already lived in that environment with my dad being a footballer, so I know what it’s like.

“Nothing is different for me.

“Always traveling, preparing for games, trainings, it’s just something that comes natural.” 

The young boys’ influence on the team:

“We (the Club) just have that culture of bringing up young players, which is good.

“I’ve known players like Nestor (Irankunda) and Alex (Popović) for ages and you build that bond in the team.

“Even if they’re on the pitch being young or not, we all have that trust in each other that we’re there to do the job.

Brisbane Roar:

“It’s going to be a tough game.

“It’s something that we’re preparing for because it’s not going to be easy – Brisbane are a good side.

“It’s a game that we need to win otherwise it does weaken our chances (of making the finals).

“But if we keep winning, and the way we are in form, we can go as far as possible.”