Izzo hoping Reds can bounce back against City

Paul Izzo has called for fans to come down to Coopers Stadium and show their support for Adelaide United’s home match against Melbourne City on Sunday night.

After a 2-0 loss to Melbourne Victory last weekend, Izzo said the team has quickly moved on and focused on returning to the winner’s circle.

City have experienced an inconsistent start to the season and are yet to record successive victories.

But the 23-year-old insisted his side will not be taking them lightly as they look to bounce back.

The gloveman intimated that United can also capitalise on City’s recent unrest which has been publicised.

“On paper they’re probably the strongest side in the league without a doubt,” Izzo said.

“Obviously hearing the drama coming out of there (Bruno Fornaroli’s omission from the squad) it’s news to everyone but we don’t really look at that.

“Because their second-string squad is probably a decent enough first team in this league.

“We’re very wary of how dangerous their back-up players are and it’s probably a good opportunity now to get three points against them while they’re going through this drama.”

The goalkeeper said he was again relishing the opportunity to play against mentor, and former teammate, Eugene Galekovic, who is set to line-up between the sticks for City come Sunday.

Izzo served as Galekovic’s understudy for four years between 2011 and 2015 at the Club.

“It’s good, it’s something that I look forward to, especially because the only time I was on the pitch with him was when I was basically off it. I was on the bench,” he said.

“So now it’ll be good to actually be able to play against him toe-to-toe again and he’s a good friend of mine as well so it should be great.”

Izzo implored also fans for their attendance at Sunday night’s intriguing game and said they are always thankful for their support.

“It’s going to be huge,” he said.

“We know how disappointed the fans are especially the ones that travelled when we didn’t get the result against our rivals Melbourne Victory.

“So it would be greatly appreciated if they do rock up in big numbers, the support means a lot to us.”    

Adelaide United host Melbourne City in Round 8 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Sunday, 16 December at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 6.30pm ACDT. Gates open 5.30pm.