Brisbane Roar excited about midweek opportunity

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou is well aware that his players are much more enthusiastic about playing games than they are about training.

It is a normal mindset for professional footballers to want to always be in competition mode rather than on the training ground and Postecoglou admits his charges are no different ahead of tomorrow night’s midweek clash with the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium.

“I remember when I was a player, I would rather be playing games than be at training and my squad is no different,” he said.

“If I asked them if they’d rather do a hard session tomorrow morning or play the game, they’d say play the game so I know they’re looking forward to it.

“Playing Wednesday means there is a different feel at training, we’re not going as hard as we usually do but we’re working pretty hard.

“Speaking to the players and looking at their recovery, they’re all feeling pretty good and everyone has pulled up okay which is the most important thing,” he added.

“Traditionally, Tuesdays and Wednesdays we work pretty hard so they’re used to it.

“It is a bit of an unusual thing having to back up again and we’ll see how they go after tomorrow night but I’m super confident they’ll be fine.”