Marrone says Reds have acclimatised well to colder conditions


Michael Marrone insists Adelaide United have adjusted well to the cooler climate in Nanjing, ahead of the Reds AFC Champions League clash with Jiangsu Suning.

Guillermo Amor’s men arrived in China on Sunday night and Marrone stated the cooler weather should have no impact on proceedings come Wednesday night.

With the mercury in Adelaide forecast to stay above 35°C for the next couple of days, it is a stark contrast to the chilly 12°C the players had to endure during their first training session.

“We’ve had enough time to acclimatise,” Marrone said.

“I think it’s better going to cold than going to hot so we’ll be fine.”

Marrone revealed it was great to hit the track for a light session, before the intensity will be increased on Tuesday. 

“It’s good to get a session underway and get the rustiness out of our legs,” Marrone said, who enjoyed a brief stint with Chinese side Shanghai Shenxin in 2013.

“We’ll do a full session on Tuesday and know a little bit more about the team.”

The reliable right-back is anticipating a difficult encounter, but is confident of securing a result against the Chinese outfit.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said.

“But all the boys are ready and we’ve had a good stay so far and hopefully we can get a result.”

Adelaide United will face Jiangsu Suning in their second AFC Champions League 2017 group stage match on Wednesday, 1 March at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre. Kick-off is at 10.05pm ACDT. Coverage on Fox Sports commences at 9:55pm ACDT.