Isuzu UTE A-League Preview: Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar

Warren Moon

Brisbane Roar Head Coach Warren Moon says three points are the clear aim for tonight’s Isuzu UTE A-League opener at AAMI Park despite the challenge ahead of his side.

The Roar kick-off an exciting new campaign with a blockbuster Round 1 clash against champions Melbourne City, broadcast live on Paramount+ from 6:30pm AEST.

Already up against strong opposition, Moon’s men must also contend with a gameday flight to Victoria in order to meet the Queensland Government’s travel exemption.

But having fine-tuned his plans across pre-season and with a vibrant, hungry squad full of speed at his disposal, the boss insists he wants nothing less than a win and a quality performance.

“As we say to the boys, there are no easy games in the A-League,” Moon said.

“They were the benchmark last year, they were deservedly champions and the best team in Australia.

“We expect them to be strong again. It’s no easy challenge but we’re up for it.

“We’re certainly not thinking of anything other than going down there and performing and trying to get the points.”

Brisbane will be without captain Tom Aldred and Juan Lescano for the match as the pair make their way back from minor injury problems.

That will lead to more opportunities for the likes of 20-year-old defender Kai Trewin and some of the club’s new signings, including striker Luke Ivanovic.

“We’ve got good players coming in,” Moon said.

“We’ve got Kai who was outstanding last year and we expect another big season from him.

“We’ve got some new signings that are going to make their debut as well and we’ve got full confidence and belief that those players are going to step up.“

“Luke is a great talent,“ the Head Coach added. “I know Sydney FC thought the same about him. He’s someone we think, if given an opportunity, can do well in the A-League.

“That’s why we brought him up here. I’m a huge admirer of his qualities. He’s had a couple of setbacks in pre-season as well but we’ll definitely see him in the game.

“With his speed and directness and his threat in behind, we hope he can cause some problems.”

Ivanovic, who scored two Isuzu UTE A-League goals for the Sky Blues before shifting to the Sunshine State, said he was looking forward to building on what has already proved to be a positive move.

“Making the switch to come up to Brisbane Roar has just been unbelievable,” the young forward said.

“Warren Moon and the coaching staff and the boys have been fantastic. Making the switch was the best [decision] for my career.

“I want to try to win games, score goals and have success with the club.

“To play against Melbourne City is a good benchmark. It’s one of the toughest games, as the current champions. We’re looking to get three points and head home.”


Isuzu UTE A-League (Round 1)
Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar
Friday, 19 November
KO: 6:45pm AEST