Reds can repeat the glory, says Dodd

Travis Dodd is mobbed by teammates after scoring opposite Kashima Antlers in 2008. Picture: AFP

TRAVIS Dodd — a male who led Adelaide United to a ancestral AFC Champions joining final — believes a stream Reds have a lot in common with a selected heroes of a 2008 intercontinental campaign.

Adelaide contingency kick Gamba Osaka on Tuesday in Japan to keep a best hopes of surpassing to a knockout turn alive.

“This side is a lot identical in terms of where we were during a finish of a 2007/08 season,’’ pronounced Dodd, reminiscing on a Reds’ miscarry 9 years ago from a fear A-League deteriorate when a bar finished outward a play-offs for a initial time after creation a prior A-League grand final.

“Adelaide United hasn’t had a best of seasons and they’re starting to get it right in a Champions League, only like us (in 2008), and we went on that good run to a final.”

The 2008 side, like a stream outfit, was replenished nearby a finish of a domestic deteriorate when clever defender Sasa Ognenovski arrived from Brisbane Roar.

His large participation during centre behind intimidated Asian opponents as Adelaide pinched essential divided goals, including one from Dodd, that kept United alive in a 1-1 pull with Kashima Antlers in a 2008 Asian quarter-finals.

But Dodd is disturbed that if Adelaide — blank dangling stoppers Taylor Regan and Dylan McGowan — doesn’t get a centre behind pairing right it could be in for a prolonged night opposite a 2008 Asian champion in Tuesday’s Anzac Day clash.

It was Gamba that finally brought Dodd’s 2008 side dismantled in a home-and-away Asian final that featured stream maestro luminary Yasuhito Endo.

Now late from a diversion and operative as a Fox Sports football commentator and partner manager of NPL bar MetroStars, Dodd saw Gamba club Adelaide 3-0 during Hindmarsh in February.

He believes if a Reds concede Gamba to again foreordain terms, Adelaide will be in critical trouble.

“But from a group viewpoint they need to find a right multiple during a back,’’ Dodd said.

“Whichever dual pairings are put there, a odds is that they haven’t played together this season.

“That’s a flattering essential partnership and it’s going to be in a forefront of a coaching staff.

“Gamba tactically did unequivocally good by stretching Adelaide a lot and unequivocally harm them.

“But if Adelaide can throttle things adult in far-reaching areas and try to force them to play by a center where they hopefully have numbers they have a chance.

“But a frightful tender for Adelaide is that Gamba were in pre-season in February.”

The former Adelaide captain says if a Reds suffer a knowledge rather than worry about what needs to be finished in Japan they will have a right mindset to means an upset.

“If they get a processes right during a diversion a formula will take caring of itself,’’ Dodd said.

“They shouldn’t consider about how large a arise is and what’s on a line.

“They need to consider about doing their jobs and removing behind to basis and they’ll come divided with something.”

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