The Reds already preparing for Victory on Friday night


Upon Adelaide United’s return to South Australia after their 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, forward, Pablo Sánchez, said it was great to score his first goals for the club competitively, but the team’s result was of greater importance.

“(I scored) my first goals in Adelaide and I’m happy for that, but the most important was the victory and the three points,” Pablo Sánchez said.

“Personally it’s good because every striker needs to score goals for their confidence, but (for the team) we are already thinking about our next game in Melbourne.

“I’ve never scored two goals in (two minutes) before and it was very important for the team to go (in at half time) leading 2-0.”

Since signing for the Reds, Pablo Sánchez said he has noticed how physical the A-League is in comparison to the football he has played in Spain, but the quality of football is very enjoyable.

“Here it is more physical. The pressure in the field is more compared to Spain where it’s a bit more technical, but the A-League is good and the players here aren’t dirty. It’s good football.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s match against Melbourne Victory, Pablo Sánchez explained that the clash will be vital for both clubs to continue their rich vein of form so far this season and so an entertaining and tight match can be expected.

“We know that it will be a very important match for us and for them as well,” he continued.

“We need to follow the same line and keep improving because we are winning but we need more of the same (to continue).”

When asked about the potential return to the squad of United duo Marcelo Carrusca and Bruce Djite, Pablo Sánchez said both men look to be almost ready and are a good chance to feature, but the final decision would inevitably be up to manager, Josep Gombau, and the medical staff.

“I think Chelo (Carrusca) will be back. He is a very important player for us and we hope he will (be fit).

“Bruce might be ready, too, but his injury is of a muscle and is risky if he feels something, but I have spoken with him and he feels good and thinks it is possible to play.”