For A-League young-gun Seb Pasquali, the A-League restart’s ‘European like’ fixture might just be what the doctor ordered.
Since joining the A-League’s newest club from Dutch powerhouse Ajax, the 20-year-old has only made the two appearances this season but could be set for more minutes with his side scheduled to play six matches over four weeks.
”A game every five days is a footballer’s dream,’’ Pasquali told FNR.
”You play, recover then play and recover; it offers every player in the squad an opportunity to contribute. I couldn’t think of a better draw.
”From a fan perspective it’s unreal there’ll be a game every night, I don’t even think the AFL is doing that. Football every night is great for Australia at this moment and hopefully all football fans can get behind the A-League and get some enjoyment out of it.’’
The likelihood of more midfield minutes for Pasquali increased following the departure of Greek international and club marquee Panagiotis Kone, who returned to Europe last week.
”Hopefully, I get to have a crack [in midfield] in the remaining games. In football the more roles you can play the better it develops your skills and ultimately, when you find your position, it allows you to get a different perspective,’’ Pasquali said.
Western United will resume its season against Melbourne Victory on July 25, with all three Victorian clubs still required to complete a week in isolation after landing in the NSW hub last Saturday.
Despite a tumultuous few days – whereby all three Victorian sides failed to cross the NSW border on two occasions – Pasquali says the players have settled well into hub life.
”All the players have their own rooms with a TV, double bed, ensuite, we play Playstation, have table tennis tournaments – if you were going to do something like this, we’ve found the best place to do it,’’ he said.
”I don’t see us having any problems while we’re here. For the boys with families it might even give them extra motivation to do their families proud. I don’t have kids but I still have parents and a brother so I’d love to make them proud. I think everyone has their own story and it what makes football a good sport.’’
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