Match Preview: Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners

Match Preview: Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners

Perth Glory defender Ivan Franjic craves Socceroos recall

Perth Glory defender Ivan Franjic hasnt given up hope of reigniting his Socceroos career, but he knows words are cheap.

Perth Glory defender Ivan Franjic hasnt given up hope of reigniting his Socceroos career, but he knows words are cheap.

“They had a good couple of patches there as well, so in the first 20 minutes of that game we were good and then we made a mistake again and it cost us goals. If you do that, especially against the big teams, then youre not going to get results.

Franjic played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was also part of Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup title triumph.

“So it will be a very tough game but one were looking forward to and if we go there with confidence, and take the mistakes out of our game that weve had in the first couple of rounds, then well do a good job over there.

Franjic, a three-time title winner with Brisbane Roar, hopes new Glory coach Tony Popovic can help him get back into the national set-up. The speedy defender has played an important role in Perth’s unbeaten start to the A-League season and hopes team success will also lead to individual honours. But he faces an uphill battle to win a recall in time for January’s Asian Cup given he wasn’t selected for recent friendlies against Lebanon and South Korea. “Socceroos is something you always want to be a part of,” Franjic said. “It’s a great honour to play for the national team. I’ve been fortunate enough to win the Asian Cup and play at the World Cup.

“Theres plenty of confidence, were confident all the time even though weve not had good results. Were 100% focused and we take it game by game. Were looking forward to the trip to Perth.

“It would be something I’d love to get back into. But unless I’m playing well at club level, it’s very hard to get in.

“I want to let my football do the talking and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.” Glory will be aiming to continue their hot start to the season when they host last-placed Central Coast at nib Stadium on Sunday.

“You cant focus on them too much, even though they are at the top. If you focus too much on the opposition it can be downfall… I enjoy playing there.”

The Mariners have just two points to their name after four rounds, while the Glory have notched three wins and a draw.

Glory skipper Diego Castro has been grounded since injuring his hamstring during the pre-season and is no guarantee to return against the Mariners. Franjic praised the influence of Popovic, who has helped transform Glory into title contenders.

“Theyre at the top of the league, a complete different team to the one of the last couple of years, now under Popa.

“He’s a great coach. He knows how to get the best out of every player and that’s important,” Franjic said.

“I think we’re only going to get better as the season goes on. “You’re seeing glimpses in games and it’s really exciting when we move the ball fast and play around the opposition.” Glory lost to EPL powerhouse Chelsea 1-0 in July, but Popovic’s charges will get another chance to take down a big scalp when they face Manchester United in Perth on July 13.

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Franjic played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was also part of Australias 2015 Asian Cup title triumph.

Franjic, a three-time title winner with Brisbane Roar, hopes new Glory coach Tony Popovic can help him get back into the national set-up. The speedy defender has played an important role in Perths unbeaten start to the A-League season and hopes team success will also lead to individual honours. But he faces an uphill battle to win a recall in time for Januarys Asian Cup given he wasnt selected for recent friendlies against Lebanon and South Korea. Socceroos is something you always want to be a part of, Franjic said. Its a great honour to play for the national team. Ive been fortunate enough to win the Asian Cup and play at the World Cup.

It would be something Id love to get back into. But unless Im playing well at club level, its very hard to get in.

I want to let my football do the talking and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. Glory will be aiming to continue their hot start to the season when they host last-placed Central Coast at nib Stadium on Sunday.

The Mariners have just two points to their name after four rounds, while the Glory have notched three wins and a draw.

Glory skipper Diego Castro has been grounded since injuring his hamstring during the pre-season and is no guarantee to return against the Mariners. Franjic praised the influence of Popovic, who has helped transform Glory into title contenders.

Hes a great coach. He knows how to get the best out of every player and thats important, Franjic said.

I think were only going to get better as the season goes on. Youre seeing glimpses in games and its really exciting when we move the ball fast and play around the opposition. Glory lost to EPL powerhouse Chelsea 1-0 in July, but Popovics charges will get another chance to take down a big scalp when they face Manchester United in Perth on July 13.

Perth Glory defender Ivan Franjic hasnt given up hope of reigniting his Socceroos career, but he knows words are cheap.

Franjic played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was also part of Australias 2015 Asian Cup title triumph.

Franjic, a three-time title winner with Brisbane Roar, hopes new Glory coach Tony Popovic can help him get back into the national set-up. The speedy defender has played an important role in Perths unbeaten start to the A-League season and hopes team success will also lead to individual honours. But he faces an uphill battle to win a recall in time for Januarys Asian Cup given he wasnt selected for recent friendlies against Lebanon and South Korea. Socceroos is something you always want to be a part of, Franjic said. Its a great honour to play for the national team. Ive been fortunate enough to win the Asian Cup and play at the World Cup.

It would be something Id love to get back into. But unless Im playing well at club level, its very hard to get in.

I want to let my football do the talking and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. Glory will be aiming to continue their hot start to the season when they host last-placed Central Coast at nib Stadium on Sunday.

The Mariners have just two points to their name after four rounds, while the Glory have notched three wins and a draw.

Glory skipper Diego Castro has been grounded since injuring his hamstring during the pre-season and is no guarantee to return against the Mariners. Franjic praised the influence of Popovic, who has helped transform Glory into title contenders.

Hes a great coach. He knows how to get the best out of every player and thats important, Franjic said.

I think were only going to get better as the season goes on. Youre seeing glimpses in games and its really exciting when we move the ball fast and play around the opposition. Glory lost to EPL powerhouse Chelsea 1-0 in July, but Popovics charges will get another chance to take down a big scalp when they face Manchester United in Perth on July 13.

A-League representatives Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory are in Malaysia for the Asian Champions League draw on Thursday but are preparing to leave the occasion without a full picture of the continental challenges that await. Thats because the 2019 draw, already as complicated as a Rubiks Cube, is happening before South Korea, Japan and China have finalised their qualifiers. Japans Kashima Antlers were crowned champions of Asia earlier this month after they defeated Irans Persepolis 2-0 in their two-legged final. Its the potential opponents from Japan that hold the most intrigue for Australian eyes.

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou wont be there as his Yokohama F.Marinos side settles for a mid-table finish.

Besart Berisha could find himself opposing A-League opposition once more if Sanfrecce Hiroshima hold onto their league position.

And then theres the mouth-watering prospect of Keisuke Honda taking on a Japanese club for the first time in his career.

Victory are hoping theyll be pitted against a Japanese outfit in the draw to set up the grand occasion.

A-League grand finalists Newcastle Jets have been thrown a challenging qualifying route, asked to play two matches to reach the group stage. The first is on February 12, when theyll play Singapores Home United or yet- to-be-determined Indonesian champions.

The second match, a week later, will send them to Japan to face one of the J.Leagues four representatives – a tough ask.

Perennial Chinese contenders Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande are also locked in for the group stage, with Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guoans forthcoming cup final also doubling as a battle for direct group stage entry. Buriram United of Thailand and Malaysias Johor Darul Tazim – both champions of their domestic leagues – will also feature in the group stages. Four of the 12 East Region direct group stage entrants are yet to be confirmed, causing major flow-on effects for seedings and pots.

Manchester City have learned the price tag of their top transfer target, while Liverpool are set to go head-to-head with Barcelona in the transfer market.

Manchester City have been informed of the price tag on transfer target Frenkie De Jong, according to The Mirror.

Dubbed the new Johan Cruyff, the Ajax midfielder will reportedly cost the Premier League champions a whopping £75m (A$132m).

De Jong is Citys top transfer target as they search for a new central midfielder, and they feel the 21-year-old is a long term replacement for Fernandinho.

But theyll face competition from Barcelona among other European giants, as the continents elite continue to monitor the midfielders progress.

The Sun report the two clubs are set to go head to head to sign the striker, who has already netted 12 times in 15 matches this season.

The Telegraph reports the midfielder has told the club hes happy to put pen to paper on their offer, which reportedly runs for five years.

Formalities are set to be concluded imminently, and will see the French international double his current pay packet.

According to Calciomercato, an offer of £31m (A$54m) would be needed for the Italian giants to sanction a sale.

Manchester United are credited with a long standing interest in the Croatian international, and could swoop in to seal a deal for the wide man.

Since the World Cup, Perisic hasnt hit the lofty heights of previous seasons, having only scored twice in 16 appearances this season.

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