Bridge on Gombau and tonight’s clash against the Victory


Mark Bridge says the team has great depth ahead of tonight’s clash against Melbourne Victory and are looking forward to working under Josep Gombau later this week.

Hayden Foxe will remain in charge as caretaker coach for the match against Melbourne Victory with things staying the same until the handover to Gombau following the match. 

“It’s a great appointment and he’s a great coach,” said Bridge on Gombau. 

“Everyone has seen how successful he’s been since he’s been in Australia with Adelaide and even the junior national team so he’s done a good job.

“The players that have played underneath him have nothing but good things to say about him so we are excited as a group.

“He’s not coming in fully until after the games so things have stayed fully the same over this last week.”


The Wanderers depth was tested last week against Newcastle having been forced to make a number of chances to their starting side due to injuries during the match. 

Tonight, Melbourne Victory will be in a similar place to the Wanderers last week with their depth being tested as they will be without Kosta Barbarouses, James Troisi and Christian Theoharous who are all away on international duty and Besart Berisha who is suspended.

The Red & Black have had a full week to recover from their last Hyundai A-League match with Bridge knowing what to expect from the weakened Victory side.

“They’ve got great depth and they would have planned for this when they were recruiting,” he said.

“Unfortunately for us last week, we got a couple of injuries and had to make some forced substitutions that we wouldn’t have usually made.

“That’s football and we have prepared and have a plan in place for that against Melbourne.

“We’ve got great depth also, so anyone can come in and do the job, we’ll feel just as confident with whoever steps up.”

Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Etihad Stadium, 7:50pm
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