Carrusca’s value has skyrocketed, trumpets Reds boss

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau says midfield maestro Marcelo Carrusca has taken his game to a new level this season and the Reds are reaping the benefits.

In arguably the match of the round, the Reds host the in-form Sydney FC in a top-of-the-table clash at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Carrusca has been in sublime form over the first month of the season as the Reds have won three and drawn one of the first four matches to sit alongside Melbourne Victory and the Sky Blues at the summit of the Hyundai A-League.

“He is one of the best player that are in the A-League,” Gombau told reporters when asked about his Argentine playmaker.

“Now it’s one of his best moments because he is working with the ball and without the ball.

“That is something that he missed last season when I arrived – he played well when we had the ball, and now he plays well with and without and this makes his value more high.”

Carrusca not only scored the winner in the 2-1 win over Melbourne City last weekend but has played a key role in many of Adelaide’s goals this season.

He also set-up all three goals in the recent 3-1 Westfield FFA Cup win over Sydney FC last month.

While Gombau is expecting an entertaining, attack-minded match on Friday night, he is expecting the Sky Blues to employ a high-octane pressing game on his side.

“For sure they will come and press us – and we are ready for this,” Gombau said.

“It will be a good game because both teams are in a good moment. The games that Sydney play, I saw a lot of movement that they are doing.

“They are knowing very well what they need to do.

“And also us, we know what we need to do and we have a lot of movement. It will be an interesting game. It will be an equal game and a nice game to watch.”

Adelaide, who haven’t lost on home soil in the league in almost a year, will be without winger Fabio Ferreira (hamstring).

The Sky Blues have their own injury concerns, with skipper Alex Brosque struggling to be fit after rolling his ankle in the win over Central Coast last Sunday.

“I’d say he’s 50-50 at this stage,” Arnold said of Brosque on Thursday.

“He’s done some work in the pool, he’s moving around. He’s much better than what he was.”

Sydney have won just once in their last six Hyundai A-League clashes against Adelaide United.