Foxtel National Youth League 2016/17 Round 3 Preview


Adelaide United Youth Head Coach, Huss Skenderovic, is expecting a difficult clash when the Young Reds face Melbourne Victory Youth at AAMI Park in Round 3 of the Foxtel National Youth League 2016/17 season on Saturday.

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The Adelaide United Youth Team will be looking to put their Round 1 defeat against Melbourne City behind them, and secure a win against Melbourne’s other respective outfit, Melbourne Victory, this weekend.

United’s youth suffered a 4-1 loss in their last game, while Melbourne Victory also experienced a tough 3-0 defeat at the hands of City, and both sides will be anticipating a fiery contest following their upsets.

Skenderovic revealed that his side will go out to try and win every match this season, and believes that playing away from home can be difficult for young footballers but they can only become wiser as they gain experience.

“Following a tough result against Melbourne City in Round 1, we will go into our next match against Melbourne Victory looking for a win,” Skenderovic said. “We will always try to go into any game to win it.

“We will be playing away from home again (in Melbourne), so some of the younger boys are experiencing what it feels like to travel, and this week they will hopefully be a little bit wiser with this experience.”

Commenting on the week break his side has endured since its opening match of the campaign, Skenderovic disclosed on the team’s levels of match fitness and how it has benefited them in the aspect of their recovery.

“We haven’t had too many competitive games, our only one was the first game of the season against Melbourne City, and we have had to work on our match fitness levels.

“The week off provided us with the opportunity to recover and we will look to continue to build upon the match fitness component ahead of the Victory match.”

The Young Reds’ boss highlighted the importance of working to sharpen positional play, which will assist in the construction of their game play as a whole.

“We will stick to the way we have been working, and the way that we play football and hope that we take that step forward and try to get a result against Melbourne Victory.

“We need to lift our structural game, in terms of our positional play and that means that if we position ourselves better within our structure, we will be able to get to the ball a lot quicker and construct our football a lot better.

“It has been something that we have worked on all week, and we will see how it all pans out ahead of the Victory game.”

Adelaide United will take on Melbourne Victory in Round 3 of the Foxtel National Youth League 2016/17 on Saturday, 26 November 2016 at AAMI Park. Kick-off is at 2.20pm ACDT.