Gombau on Adelaide, Bridge and our mentality


Josep Gombau says he knows what to expect from former club Adelaide United and is backing his team’s great mentality to get the job done tonight.

Josep Gombau says he knows what to expect from former club Adelaide United and is backing his team’s great mentality to get the job done tonight.

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The Wanderers will be searching for their third consecutive win tonight against Adelaide after two convincing wins against Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar have seen the Red & Black start 2018 undefeated. 

With confidence now at a high, Gombau says that despite the short-turnaround for the squad, they know that having the right mentality will get them the three points tonight. 

“We have a game every three days. This is the schedule and we cannot complain,” noted Gombau.

“We have had the results in the last two and I hope we can keep this going this week and have another positive result.

“Everything is more positive when you start winning games, the boys have their confidence back which is very important.

“We are working for this and we need to be sure that we have the right mentality.

“I think if we have a good mentality we can get the job done.”


The Wanderers know exactly what to expect from Gombau’s former club Adelaide tonight and a third consecutive win on the trot could solidify their place in the top six. 

“Look, they are doing well. They are a team that know what they need to do.

“What I like from them is their mentality, when they are together they are a solid block.

“When they lose the ball, they work hard to recover the ball and defend. I feel that they are very clear on what they want to do when they recover the ball and defend.

“They try to take off with quick wingers and play very diagonally, this is the football they are playing.

“They are doing well and tonight is a good challenge for us to beat them.”


Mark Bridge has been a standout performer for the Wanderers over the last few weeks, scoring in his last two matches and becoming the Wanderers’ most capped player of all time in the match against Brisbane. 

Gombau says that he looks forward to Bridge continuing to repeat such good performances and believes that he has helped the players transition to the new playing style. 

“I am happy with him,” said Gombau on Bridge.

“He’s doing very well, playing the way we want him to play and helping his teammates.

“He’s also working when we don’t have the ball which is very important and he’s a player that has good experience.

“He’s scoring which is good and I hope he can keep going and scoring more goals.”