Marathon season almost over for Roar
He may have only one game as Brisbane Roar coach to his name, but the season’s end could not come soon enough for Rado Vidosic.
The man entrusted with filling the big shoes left by Ange Postecoglou will mark his first home match as Roar mentor when Brisbane runs out for their Asian Champions League finale on Wednesday night.
The clash with Beijing Guoan at Suncorp Stadium will mark the end of their ACL commitments and another marathon campaign for the Roar – much to Vidosic’s relief.
While disappointed Brisbane will not be able to advance to the ACL’s knockout stages, the former long-time Roar assistant admitted he was looking forward to finally putting down the clipboard.
“We started early May (last year). I think this is the longest season any club has had in the world – ever,” he laughed.
“Everyone is looking forward to the break.
“Ninety more minutes and the season is over.
“Unfortunately there is not much riding on the game. I wish the game had more importance.
“We are just looking for a good performance. That would be a fantastic way to finish the season.”
The Roar (two draws, three losses) remain bottom of Group F along with the win-less Beijing outfit and cannot progress to the knockout stages.
It is an anti-climactic end to a season that featured a second straight A-League championship for the Roar under Postecoglou.
But Vidosic believed plenty could be gained from their failed campaign ahead of next season’s ACL quest.
“We’ve learned a lot about ourselves and of course Asian football,” he said.
“This is an important part of our learning process.
“We will analyse all of our games, see what we need to improve on and I am sure we will do much better next season.”
Goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos will wear the skipper’s arm band after vice-captain Shane Stefanutto (quad) became the latest to be added to an injury list that also features regular leader Matt Smith (arm).
“We want to make sure we finish on a positive note,” Theoklitos said.
“What we have learned over our five games is that you get punished if you don’t take your chances.
“The important thing is that we have not looked out of place in the competition.
“We’ve played well but we haven’t had that element of luck (but) it’s been a good experience.”© AAP 2013
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