Brisbane Roar’s German star Thomas Broich has praised the A-League Finals Series for reigniting excitement in a season they dominated.
The Premiers will host Melbourne Victory on Sunday in the second semi-final, their first meaningful match since capturing the regular season title against the same side over a month ago.
“I think it really adds something to the competition,” Broich said.
“It was kind of boring at times with us being ten points clear (but) now it’s about crowning the champion there’s a lot of excitement and a lot of buzz about the A-League.
“I’m really happy about this kind of system.”
Brisbane had the weekend off over Easter but while some suggest momentum can be lost, Broich believes the chance to focus on training assisted the side.
“I quite enjoyed [the break], it has allowed us to get all the guys back on board and we needed a few extra sessions for guys like Bessy (Besart Berisha), Jade (North) and Ivan (Franjic),” he said.
“They’re building fitness, they’re looking really sharp now at training so it worked in our favour this time I guess.
“Out on the paddock it’s a great intensity, it’s a great quality of training.”
While Brisbane have enjoyed extra time on the paddock, opponents Melbourne Victory – losers in the clubs’ past two meetings – will be in action for the third time in nine days.
Broich tipped the increased workload to pose little problem for the visitors, who beat Sydney FC 2-1 in stoppage time to be within a match of the Grand Final.
“I don’t think it’s that big a problem for them,” the majestic marquee said.
“They’ve played a few games at a really high level and I guess it even improved their game.
“It’s a Sunday game now so they get a lot of time to recover (and) they rested a few boys so they really should be up for it.
“We can’t expect them to run out of energy.”
The match takes on even greater significance because if Roar lose against the club he is to join next season, it will be Berisha’s last for Brisbane.
“I want him in the limelight … I want him to score goals,” Broich said of his close friend.
“He is so committed to the orange shirt and I spoke to him, he is the ultimate professional. He is a Brisbane Roar player and he acts completely that way.”