Brisbane Roar star Thomas Broich says the team will have no issues focusing on Wednesday’s FFA Cup clash with Perth Glory despite last week’s reports of an internal rift.
Roar, who had constant ownership uncertainty under the Bakrie Group, last week endured reports that coaching staff had issued an ‘us or him’ ultimatum, wanting to remove new managing director Daniel Cobb.
Brisbane coach John Aloisi made a statement later in the week assuring fans that he was staying at the club.
Amid all that, Roar has been preparing for Wednesday’s Round of 32 clash at Ballymore Stadium.
Broich said the players have been through similar challenges before and would be focused for the Perth test.
“It’s always good to focus on football,” Broich told FourFourTwo. “We can’t get carried away.
“Traditionally we’ve been able to focus on football and that’s not going to change.
“We’re happy to train hard every day, we’re happy to play games. That’s it for now.”
Roar will unleash new signing Jacob Pepper but Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen isn’t ready to play just yet after arriving a fortnight ago.
Broich, now 35, said he would play but admitted he wasn’t sure how long he’d stay on the pitch.
The German was hopeful Brisbane could improve on previous FFA Cup campaigns having never proceeded further than the last 16.
He also pointed out Roar hasn’t won any silverware in more than two years, the longest wait in his time at the club.
“Absolutely, it’s all about silverware and building confidence,” Broich said.
“We definitely want to put in a good shift, a decent performance and the result that we need.”
Broich said the players were looking forward to a competitive hit-out amid another long pre-season.
“The boys are pretty keen to play competitive games again,” he said.
“We’ve been training pretty hard over the past month. It’s looking good so far.”