Coach Ramon Tribulietx says Auckland City's showdown with
Wellington Phoenix A tomorrow night makes up for his team's
lack of competitive activity in their pre-season.
Auckland City leaves for the Fifa club World Cup in three
weeks where they face a warm-up match with a J-League 2 club
before taking on the yet-to-be-decided J-League winners in
Yokohama on December 6.
A difficult pre-season that saw matches against the Northern
League All Stars postponed, coupled with a lopsided 15-0 win
over the All Refugees XI in Henderson, has left Auckland
short of a gallop.
"The Phoenix game is an opportunity to keep competing. Our
pre-season in terms of the number of games we played has not
been very good and the Wellington Phoenix game comes in at
the right time," Tribulietx said.
"We still need to keep working on some of the tactical
adjustments that we are applying this year and it will be a
very good frame to keep working on that."
Auckland's season got off on a sour note, losing 2-1 and
their ASB Charity Cup title to rivals Waitakere United, but
they bounced back in some style beating Canterbury United 5-2
in the national league on Saturday.
Tribulietx said: "The mood has always been very good in our
camp and we have just started the ASB Premiership and
everyone is willing to participate and the new players and
staff are fitting in well with the group."
Tribulietx has an injury free squad to pick from, an
important element in a week where the team plays three games.
"We will probably use everyone in this game, we have two
balanced elevens, we have a lot of very competent players in
the squad and most people will take part in it," he said.
The composition of the Wellington Phoenix side is unknown at
this stage with Ricki Herbert's first team having lost 3-2 to
the Melbourne Victory last night. (mon)
Auckland City last played the Wellington Phoenix A side in
January last year, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw.
Action kicks off at Kiwitea Street at 5.30pm.
Auckland City (from): Jacob Spoonley (GK), Simon Arms, Takuya
Iwata, Riki van Steeden, Angel Luis Vina Berlanga, Jason
Hicks, James Pritchett, Chris Bale, Manel Exposito, Luis
Corrales, Daniel Koprivcic, Tamati Williams (GK), Alex
Feneridis, Adam Dickinson, Ivan Vicelich (c), Albert Riera
Vidal, Pedro Garcia, Liam Anderson (GK), Emiliano Tade, David
Browne, Andrew Milne.