Adelaide United striker Bruce Djite says the Reds are wary, but not worried, of A-League leaders Perth Glory ahead of Sunday’s fixture.
Adelaide United are wary, but not worried, about Perth’s hat-trick hero Andy Keogh or any of his Glory teammates.
The Reds host the surprise A-League leaders on Sunday at Coopers Stadium.
Irish import Keogh has four goals in two A-League starts, including a hat-trick against reigning champion Brisbane Roar last weekend.
But Adelaide’s in-form striker Bruce Djite, who has scored three times in his past three games, says Keogh and company don’t overly concern the Reds, who have a win and a draw from their initial two fixtures.
“I don’t think we’re worried about anyone in that side,” Djite said of Perth.
“But they do have a lot of very good players. I’m not going to name individuals but obviously they have a very strong squad on paper and they’re showing it on the field as well.
“They are definitely a team we have to be wary of.”
Djite admitted some surprise at the Glory being the only A-League outfit to bank consecutive triumphs to open their season.
“They had a tough start – Wellington away, it’s probably one of the furthest trips in world football, and playing against Brisbane Roar is always a tough game,” Djite said.
“For them to get six points out of that, it just shows where they’re at.
“And it just shows at what level we are going to have to be at to get a result against them.”
The Reds downed the Roar in their season-opener before drawing with Melbourne Victory last start.
And Djite believed United players were starting to grasp the attacking, possession-based game plan of their second-year Spanish coach Josep Gombau.
“The more time you’re together, the longer the team stays together, the more cohesion you can have – I think we’re definitely reaping the benefits of that at the moment,” he said.
But Adelaide’s mettle will be tested in their third outing in nine days – two A-League games and a Tuesday night FFA Cup encounter.
“The biggest challenge is to back up and play well again,” Djite said.
“It will be our third game in a week and that is going to test us a lot.
“The biggest challenge will be physically and mentally … just to make sure that we’re ready to play the full 90 minutes, play hard and get the win.”