Players need freedom – Adelaide United’s Coolen

Adelaide United boss Rini Coolen admits his players need freedom when they are on the park to perform at their optimum.

The Dutchman has guided last season’s wooden spoon winners to equal top of the A-League table after five rounds and puts it down to the fact his side is playing with more freedom than they have been used to in the past.

“Players need a lot of freedom," Coolen said. "We don't want them to be like robots. And if you win games you get a lot a lot of confidence.

"Players have to make decisions, even wrong decisions, and make mistakes. Even if you make mistakes, if you're open and they're willing to learn from that we'll get better and better. This team are like sponges, they want to learn a lot."

Adelaide defeated reigning champs Sydney FC 3-1 on Saturday night to take their record to three wins and two draws to sit at the summit of the table on the same points as Perth Glory.