Gombau set for Adelaide A-League return

Nov 24, 2017 - 4:31 PM Preparing to face his old A-League club for the first time, Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau says his plans have already hit a hurdle.

Gombau says the postponement of the Wanderers' fixture against Wellington last weekend robbed him of a chance to gain precious information.

The Phoenix game was postponed because of the poor state of the Spotless Stadium pitch.

And Gombau, who will coach against his former Reds in Sunday night's fixture in Adelaide, says the situation isn't ideal.

"I like more to play ... the games bring you a lot of information," Gombau said.

"A game is a good test ... I prefer last week to have the game."

The Phoenix game was to have been Gombau's second in charge of the Wanderers - now, his second outing will come against Adelaide in his former home town.

Gombau departed Adelaide in mid-2015 after two years at the helm of the Reds.

Both clubs have eight points entering Sunday's game.

And while Gombau would have preferred to have played last weekend, Wanderers stalwart Michael Thwaite said there was a positive to be taken from the postponement.

"All the boys are fresh," he said.

"As players, it's sometimes good to have a freshen up during the season.

"And with a new coach as well, it gives him more time to develop his philosophy and his style of play, so we really utilised the week well."

Source: AAP

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