Josep Gombau: Western Sydney Wanderers not missing a thing

Josep Gombau: Western Sydney Wanderers not missing a thing


Western Sydney Wanderers boss Josep Gombau has drawn positives from his side’s recent inability to convert opportunities into goals.

The Wanderers dominated in periods against Brisbane Roar last week, only to lose the game 2-0.

In a clear sign of the Gombau philosophy, the Wanderers enjoyed 60% of the possession but could not convert any of their 10 shots on goal.

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he has so far had a month to weave in his style after being appointed Tony Popovic’s successor.

Gombau told a media conference ahead of the Sydney Derby his side was not missing anything.

Instead, the Spaniard pointed to Western Sydney’s periods of domination.

“We are working on the formation a little bit and the way we play,” Gombau said.

“I don’t think we are missing a thing.

“It’s more that we are creating things and this is a process.

“I am happy. They are doing well and they are following instructions.”

Blunt against Brisbane, captain Robbie Cornthwaite said the Wanderers needed to look “in the mirror”.

“It’s all about just looking in the mirror and looking at ourselves,” he said.

“Maybe from the outside we haven’t seen it, but from the inside we’ve seen glimpses of what we’ve been working on.

“It’s just about putting as many of those into practice throughout the 90 minutes.

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“Hopefully each week we can show more and more and more and keep building on that and put 90-minute performances together.”

Gombau revealed Oriol Riera is facing a last-minute fitness test ahead of Saturday’s Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium, but winger Jaush Sotirio has been ruled out already.

Fairfax Media reported on Friday that Western Sydney had submitted a letter to their Sky Blue rivals indicating they would make a play at the end of the season for a key defensive trio.

Alex Wilkinson, Jordy Buijs and Michael Zullo were all named as Western Sydney transfer targets.

When asked of the reports, Gombau refused to comment.

“It’s speculation and we don’t discuss it,” he said.

“At the moment, the players I have in my team are the best.”