Gold Coast in strong position according to Bleiberg
The first year club finished third on the league table in the regular season, narrowly missing the privilege of having a second chance by finishing in the top two, but Bleiberg feels they are in a good place with limited injuries and the ability to produce a form reversal as they have done throughout this campaign.
“Every team knows each other’s capabilities, strengths and weaknesses at this stage of the season and, as ever, the Hyundai A-League is very evenly matched,” Bleiberg said.
“I believe one of the major factors for success in the finals is the personnel you have available on the day. From this point of view, thanks to lady luck and the skills of our medical and fitness staff, we are in a good position and apart from one or two absentees we have a strong squad to choose from.
“We have lost our last two games but if we win this weekend against Newcastle no-one will remember that or be talking about it. It’s this week that counts.
“Our players believe we can beat anyone on our day and that’s the attitude we have to take into the Finals Series. Every game is do-or-die so we have to fear no-one.
“We’ve worked hard all season to try and win the Premiership or finish in second place, but we’ve finished third and that’s what we have to deal with and focus on.
“In this beautiful country of Australia it’s the Grand Final that counts so motivation for the players is easy. They know what is required and I’m confident we can do well in the finals - everyone is looking forward to Saturday’s game,” he said.