GUILLERMO Amor has refused to surrender his pre-game poker face, despite having nothing to lose before potentially facing his last A-League match at Hindmarsh on Saturday night.
All hope the Adelaide United boss would radically change his demeanour after keeping a stiff upper lip for 56 A-League matches during his two-year contract were banished in his usual cagey style.
On Good Friday the Barca legend kept everyone guessing.
He deflected questions about his formation against Western Sydney despite the clash having potential to be the most emotional since Adelaide claimed the grand final on May 1 against Wanderers at Adelaide Oval.
“It’s the last game, it’s a very important game,’’ Amor said.
“We want to finish well, to win at home the last game.
“This Easter is a good time for this.”
Amor also still wouldn’t give clues to whether this match would actually be his last A-League game on the bench.
He also declared he didn’t know if his key off-contract championship winning men such as Eugene Galekovic, Sergio Cirio, Marcelo Carrusca, Iacopo La Rocca would be playing their last domestic game in Red at Hindmarsh against Wanderers.
“We don’t know, a lot of players finish their contracts,’’ Amor said.
But Amor can also use this clash to see if the Reds can adapt to a radical change in the line-up without distress and with an eye on the future.
There still is plenty for the Reds to play for, albeit not in the A-League.
Adelaide beating Gamba Osaka away on Anzac Day would assure the Reds of playing knockout AFC Champions League soccer in May.
But with United missing three key suspended men – Taylor Regan, Dylan McGowan and Riley McGree – for the clash in Suita City Football Stadium, Amor wouldn’t elaborate if he would on Saturday night use a starting XI similar to the one which will play for intercontinental life on April 25. With that scenario also comes pressure to field Carrusca and La Rocca, who were axed from the Champions League squad.
“It’s possible it (the team) will change something,’’ Amor said.
“Tomorrow we’ll decide better but we have players in good condition, less (the injured) Tarek (Elrich) and (Jordan) Elsey the others are in good condition.”
Amor is facing a major dilemma for the Gamba clash given his two prized Champions League centre backs McGowan and Regan aren’t available.
Amor’s No. 1 defensive midfield soldier Isaias can play at centre back but even he wasn’t sure if he may be unveiled in that position against Wanderers.
“I don’t know he has to decide in the last moment what we do tomorrow to win,’’ Isaias said on Good Friday.
“The most important thing is the game tomorrow, when we finish tomorrow the game we have a week or 10 days to prepare for the game against Osaka.”
But Isaias, who has signed a contract extension until 2020, is still hopeful Carrusca and La Rocca will be offered new terms.
“Hopefully it’s not the last game for them,’’ Isaias said.
“Hopefully they will stay longer with us.”
Adelaide United v Western Sydney at Coopers Stadium
Kick off: 7.20pm
Referee: Chris Beath
TV: Fox Sports
UBET: Adelaide $3, draw $3.45, Wanderers $2.30
Possible line ups
DEF: Marrone, McGowan, La Rocca, Garuccio
Kim Jae-sung, Carrusca
FWD: Mileusnic, Baba, Cirio
DEF: Hammil, Borda, Cornthwaite, Cole
MID: Pinatares, Dimas
Martinez, Antonis, Lustica
Originally published as Amor keeps poker face for final game
SOURCE: newsnow sport