Brisbane Roar winger Michael Zullo is hoping legendary Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert will make an instant impact when he arrives for the blockbuster game against Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Working with the Roar in a two week coaching capacity, Kluivert arrives on Saturday morning before being unveiled to the squad and crowd before the opening whistle.
Zullo said the squad would be looking to Kluivert as inspiration in a must win game against Sydney FC.
“Obviously he is enormous player and he has been there and done everything in world football,” the 21 year-old said.
“Hopefully he sees something in us and can inspire us to win the game.”
Still in with a shout of competing in the finals series, the Roar know anything less than three points against their rivals could spell disaster for the season.
“There’s still nine points out there which could make a massive difference ... but basically this is a must win,” Zullo said.
The Roar will be hoping the grudge match will attract a big home crowd ready to help push the squad across the line and strengthen their top six claims.
“It is a big game, it could possibly push us into the finals, and help ruin Sydney’s chances which we always love doing,” Zullo said.
“We’ve had some pretty good duels with them in the past and hopefully there is a bit of hype building up before the game.”
Kluivert will sit sideline during the game, gathering an understanding of the squad before beginning his coaching session early next week.
Working with the entire Roar squad, Kluivert will divulge the secrets which made him one of the most feared marksmen during a successful 14 year career.
Zullo said his was looking forward to learning the tricks of the trade off one of the greatest players from the past decade.
“Obviously he wants to come and share his knowledge with us and obviously we are going to try and get everything off him,” he said.
“It should be interesting to see what he brings ... and also see how far we are away from what he is used to.”