New Western Sydney Wanderers coach Josep Gombau coach is bringing his own brand of possession-style play to the team.
New Western Sydney Wanderers coach Josep Gombau coach is bringing his own brand of possession-style play to the team. Mark Brake

Gombau's influence noted by Roar

BRISBANE Roar heads to ANZ Stadium today desperate for their second win of the season, but wary of a new Western Sydney Wanderers outfit.

Josep Gombau has taken the helm at the hosts and they have shown some good signs in their past two games - a 1-all draw with Melbourne City and 2-0 loss to Adelaide United - under his tutelage.

The Wanderers sit seventh ahead of the Roar - beaten 3-1 by Sydney FC last week - in ninth.

"I've definitely sensed a change in their system,” Roar coach John Aloisi said of Gombau's changes.

"Gombau was pretty strict on what he wants when he was at Adelaide and I could see that already in the last two games they've played.

"(Former Wanderers coach Tony) Popovic already had a possession-based style - it's just different the way he (Gombau) is doing it.

"It's no different in the philosophy in terms of possession and trying to dominate the opposition.

"The difference is there's a few tweaks in their formation, they're a little bit different when they lose the ball.”

Brisbane regains Daniel Bowles from a long-term injury but is without the injured Brett Holman and suspended Avram Papadopoulos.

Apart from suspended captain Robbie Cornthwaite, Gombau has a full complement at his disposal.

Wanderers striker Oriol Riera - a product of the La Masia academy, where Gombau spent time coaching - says the Spaniard has brought the Barcelona style.

"It's not the same, but it's very similar,” Riera said.

"The style is very complex. It's very difficult to improve in just two weeks - in Barcelona it was maybe the last 25 years, so it's not easy to play.

"In the future I think we'll have more solutions and more time with the ball, and will create more chances.”



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