Jakobsen expecting a compact Brisbane side
Adelaide United Captain, Michael Jakobsen, is anticipating a resolute Brisbane Roar outfit when the two teams meet at Coopers Stadium.
The Danish centre-back unveiled the Reds’ Remembrance Round shirt which will be worn on Sunday, which pays tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen that fought for our freedom.
Jakobsen revealed he liked the unique strip which includes a red poppy and soldiers depicted on a battleground on the front of the shirt.
“It’s good, I’ve actually kept my shirts every year we’ve played these rounds because it’s special and you honour the people that have served the country and that’s special,” Jakobsen told reporters at a press conference.
“I think it’s special for all the boys playing in these rounds so it’s a very good thing and I enjoy this kit as well.”
The 33-year-old said the team is raring to go after the bye.
“Last week was a hard week training wise,” he said.
“This week has been lighter and a lot of tactical stuff so I think at the moment we’re well prepared for the Brisbane game.”
Brisbane are winless after three matches, scoring just one goal but have only conceded twice.
Jakobsen said the team have analysed Brisbane’s playing style and stated because they naturally set up very defensively, the onus will be on Adelaide playing quick football to break down a compact side.
“The tactical aspect is important,” he said.
“Brisbane is playing quite a different game and we have to adjust to that and figure out where we can hurt them.
“They’re quite low when they’re defending and then they attack a lot with their full-backs.
“Just different stuff we’ve looked at but they’re very low and we had to figure out how to open them up.”
Jakobsen also provided an update on the fitness of Jordan Elsey, George Blackwood, and Mirko Boland.
The trio have not been selected for this match but are nearing a return.
“They’re all training and on their way,” he continued.
“I think it’s a question of not rushing them in so they’re one hundred per cent fit when they come back and don’t get any new injuries, so they’re on the right track.”
Adelaide United host Brisbane Roar in Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season on Sunday, 10 November at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 5.30pm ACDT. Gates open at 2.30pm for curtain raiser between AUFC Legends and ADF. Live and Exclusive on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.