Reds ready for Phoenix clash says Kurz


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Marco Kurz says his Adelaide United players are primed and ready for their clash at Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

Kurz believes the team have settled in well since landing in Wellington last night and have adjusted to the different time zone.

“It was always a long trip we started in Adelaide and then flew to Sydney and then to Wellington,” Kurz said.

“We came in at night time to the hotel and it’s a long trip, but we have two days here to get the feeling of the time and I think tomorrow we will be ready.”

He added that the experience of having previously travelled to Westpac Stadium in Round 1 has helped the team to adapt quicker.

“Although we have the experience from the first game it’s not a problem the long trip because we stay one day earlier than other away games.”

The Reds will be hopeful of bouncing back following a 5-0 loss to Melbourne City in Round 17.

Kurz said regardless of the result he always conducts a comprehensive analysis of matches to impart knowledge to his players about where they can improve.

“Always after every game if we play successful or like last week a very bad game we do a thorough analysis during the week,” he revealed.

“Also after this game (against City) we showed a lot of scenarios, we discussed with the players the scenarios to find the right way and make the right decisions in the future.”

The former Borussia Dortmund defender stated his side were here for the victory, but there is a process in order to accomplish that objective.

“I think it’s very important to have a look for our performance,” he said.

“And if you perform well then you have a chance for a good result and then you have a chance for points.

“And that for me is my view and if you start a game home or away we want to get the three points including tomorrow.”

The Phoenix are unbeaten in their past three games, which included wins over Melbourne Victory and most recently Newcastle Jets.

Kurz expected a tough match against an outfit with a dangerous forward line in form.

“They’ve had three games in a row with good results, they’ve a very strong offence,” he continued.

“They’re good in shape but we have analysed their last three games and we are well prepared for this game.”

Adelaide United will face Wellington Phoenix in Round 18 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on Saturday, 27 January at Westpac Stadium. Kick-off is at 5.05pm ACDT.

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