Pablo Sánchez: Our finals start now

Pablo Sánchez says securing as many points as possible is of the highest importance for Adelaide United in their remaining league matches, beginning with the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

Pablo Sánchez is set to return from injury on Sunday, after a hamstring problem kept him out of the Reds’ last two matches against Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanders. 

And despite his stint on the sidelines, the Spaniard has not lost touch with the title race United remains amongst, saying getting the three points against Central Coast is top of Adelaide’s priority list. 

“I’m looking forward to the game against Central Coast on Sunday, and it is a very important game for us,” Pablo Sánchez said. “To get these last three points at home, and also for the last two games away, it is important to put ourselves in a good position on the table leading into the Finals.

“I’m confident we can get the three points, as we are at home and with the support of the fans it is achievable.

“But we do know that we will get punished if we relax as Central Coast showed last week (against Sydney FC) that they will take advantage of it and score.

“I am feeling good and have recovered from my injury, and I’m ready to play and take on what (Guillermo) Amor wants from me.

Pablo Sánchez also commented on the importance of having the support at Coopers Stadium for their last home game of the season, as the Reds fans have played a vital part in the team’s progress so far. 

“It is very important that we get a big crowd this week. It is our last game at home and we need our fans, we need them every game, but more so now,” he continued.

“I hope the stadium is full and that we have the support from our fans.

“The fans are the energy of the team, and I remember in a lot of moments when we needed them, they were there and stayed supporting us.

“It is important for us to repay them by performing well and winning, starting with this Sunday.”

Adelaide United will face Central Coast Mariners in Round 25 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Sunday, 27 March at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.30pm ACDT.