Leading the Club's goal-scoring charts and chiming in with a handful of assists so far this season, Melbourne Heart FC’s Croatian sensation Josip Tadic has been instrumental to the Club this season.
Leading the Club's goal-scoring charts and chiming in with a handful of assists so far this season, Melbourne Heart FC-s Croatian sensation Josip Tadic has been instrumental this season.
While the Red and White have endured a bumpy ride of late, Tadic believes Heart can build on the momentum from its New Year-s Day win over Newcastle Jets, starting with this Sunday-s match against Brisbane Roar, to secure two wins on the trot.
Despite the mercury soaring towards the 40 Celsius mark at Heart-s training session this morning, Tadic believes preparation ahead of Sunday-s showdown, coupled with Tuesday-s result, has helped breed confidence in the Heart camp.
“After our last game, which we won, we have big confidence before the game against Brisbane,” Tadic said.
The former Croatian under-21 international, who is more suited to playing football in the European winter, admitted he need to adapt to the warm conditions of the A-League season.
“It-s hot a lot. It-s hot more than in Europe, so I need to get used to it,” Tadic said.
“We feel good; we had a day off yesterday so we pulled up good and today we had an easy session; we-re preparing and we-ll be fresh for the game.
“It-s the first time that I-ve come here and it-s hot like this.”
Tadic, who has scored four goals this season, including three from the penalty spot and a sensational volley against Western Sydney Wanderers, said his team had pinpointed the Jets game as an important match to reignite its campaign.
“We said to each other that in this New Year we start over from nothing and we need to win all of the games that we play,” Tadic said.
“So the first game against Jets we played well and we won, so it-s a good start to the year so we just need to continue and have good confidence.”
After featuring in 13 of Heart-s 14 matches, Tadic said he had time to adjust to the A-League.
“It-s good [the level], it-s difficult, a lot of running, it-s not easy to play and every weekend you have a hard game,” Tadic said.
“It-s not like some places in Europe where you have five good teams and then every two weeks you play against a small team and you can say it-s an easy game.
“Here every weekend here it-s a hard game.”
“We have still a lot of chance to get in the finals, there is not such a big difference in points so if you get good results, we can make it.”
Tadic also praised new striking partner Golgol Mebrahtu who has netted three goals in five matches for the Heart.
“It is easy to play when you have good players near to you. Golgol is a great player and is still young and has a lot of time [tom improve further].”