Daniel Adlung believes that Adelaide United are still capable of beating any A-League team as they look to maintain a spot in the upcoming finals.
The Reds are currently three points clear in sixth spot, but have not won a game since beating Perth Glory at the beginning of February.
As the race to secure finals qualification intensifies, Adlung says that when fully focused, his teammates can topple all opposition challenges on their way to the finals.
“Against Sydney in the FFA Cup and also in the league, we play with a very young team and draw 1-1,” he told reporters.
“So you can see on a good day, if we play our highest level, we can beat every team in the league.
“We have to adapt our level so that we play more consistent to beat every team.
“If you see Perth, four or five weeks ago everyone said they are killed, they cannot reach the finals – and now they are very close.
“It’s very interesting in the league, the whole season makes it into a good competition.”
Marco Kurz’s side have had their 2017-18 campaign stuttered by injuries to numerous key players, and while Adlung admits this has hurt Adelaide’s consistency, he claims that the squad’s younger names have shown their quality.
“We’ve played a very good season so far, we have a very young squad and we miss a lot of experienced players for a long time because they were injured,” he said.
“[Because of] that it’s natural that you can’t play the whole season on a top level, because we don’t have that experience compared to Sydney, for example.
“With our team we have to improve every week and we also can learn from the last games – I think it’s normal that you have bad days during the season.”
However, the German refrained from speculating on the reported links between Kurz and Sydney that suggested the Adelaide coach is the preferred option to takeover when Graham Arnold joins the Socceroos.
“That’s normal, because he did a good job here with a young team,” he added.
“A lot of players are new, so it’s always hard [but] he did a good job.
“We have to focus on now and not what happens in one month or two.”