It is one of the A-League’s great traditions that each new season starts with teams copycatting elements of the previous season’s winners. After Sydney FC’s extraordinary success in 2016-17, this season is no different.
There is no right or wrong way to play football, but it is near-unanimous that Ange Postecoglou’s Brisbane Roar had an attractive style of play. Five years on from that groundbreaking era, John Aloisi has forged a new but still unmistakeable identity for Brisbane.
It feels like the same old story at Adelaide United. The start of this season has mirrored the disaster of last year, with Guillermo Amor’s side anchored to the bottom of the table without a win in the opening eight games. However, there may be reason to believe Adelaide can pull off another miraculous turnaround, just as they did last season.