After achieving the double with Brisbane Roar last season, Reds defender Milan Susak is looking forward to breaking his former side’s 31 game unbeaten streak this Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.
After achieving the double with Brisbane Roar last season, Reds defender Milan Susak is looking forward to breaking his former side-s 31 game unbeaten streak this Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.
Susak returns to the place where he lifted the Hyundai A-League title and Premiers Plate last season with the Roar, and having been a key part of Brisbane-s unbeaten streak, he is now hoping to play a role in their downfall.
“I-m looking forward to the game, they-ve gone 31 games unbeaten so it would be good to get the win over them,” Susak said.
“I-m not too sure on the key to beating them. A lot of clubs have been there and they-ve tried a lot of different things, like pressing, man marking and dropping off, but not many teams have succeeded.”
Susak has the hard task of trying to contain an extremely talented Roar attack that includes the likes of Henrique, Thomas Broich, Mitch Nichols and Erik Paartalu.
Last season the defender would have only had to front up against them during internal games on the training track last season, but now that he is on the other side of the fence, his inside knowledge is sure to be of use for his Adelaide United team mates.
“They (the Roar) push a lot of players forward, it-s going to be a tough task; they-ve got midfielders running through, even their backs overlapping all the time,” Susak said.
“The danger is everywhere on the park, you can-t really talk about one player or work on stopping one player, you-ve got to work as a team to stop them.”
The game on Friday hasn-t been the only thing on Susak-s mind this week. Along with Eugene Galekovic, Antony Golec and Zenon Caravella, he was selected for a prospective Qantas Socceroos training camp. However, following the game against Sydney FC, Susak and Caravella had to pull out of the camp due to minor injury concerns.
Being the Reds- final signing before the start of season seven, Susak did not get to go through United-s long pre-season program. However, Susak-s impressive form in the first two weeks of the season had Qantas Socceroos boss Holger Osieck sitting up and taking notice of his defensive prowess, leading to his invitation to train with other A-League hopefuls for the national team. Despite missing out on the camp due to a slight groin problem, Susak is hopeful he will remain on the radar and be continue to be considered.
“I-m over the groin strain now. It was more precautionary because I wasn-t training with the team last week and after the game I pulled up a bit sore but this week it-s much better,” Susak said.
“Holger is watching every A-League match, so if you are playing well it gives you the chance that you will get a call up.”