A-League debutant Danny Choi says Adelaide United will have an advantage over Melbourne City on Friday night following the Victorian's FFA Cup semi on Tuesday night.
Adelaide have been City’s hoodoo team of late, especially last season when the Reds beat them twice on their way to becoming champions.
And while Adealaide are yet to win a game this campaign, Choi said the team has self-belief and felt City would struggle to back up.
“Obviously they had the game during the week and it is a bit of an advantage to us,” he said to FourFourTwo. “But they will come out prepared as well so we have to prepare well ourselves and we’ll see what happens.”
“There are some areas that we have to work and the I’m pretty sure the coach is working on that. We didn’t lose any confidence, so we go forward and are looking at getting our first win.”
Choi’s five-minute cameo for United in their 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory was a snap shot of the exciting winger’s talent, and after coming on late against Victory, Choi is buzzing to take the field against City.
“If given the chance and the opportunity to get out on the field I’m going to try everything I can for the team,” he said. “I’ll use my speed and attacking ability to try and win in every way I can.
“It’s exciting just to be versing Melbourne City but to see Tim Cahill play and to see him in front of my eyes will be exciting as well.”
“Even though it was such a short moment I felt the different level of the A-League in my debut game as well. Most of the defenders out there were tired which was a good chance for me and hopefully I can get some more game time. I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field.”
Adelaide star Tarek Elrich said that he was impressed with Choi's first outing.
“He could’ve been an instant hero when he came on,” he said “He had that shot that hit the post and got involved. We’ve known of him and we know he’s got plenty of quality, the club has been actually after him for a few months.”
The Korean born attacker's eye catching displays with Blacktown City created headlines including a 70-metre FFA Cup scorcher that went viral.
Putting the hype aside, Choi said his performance in the NSW NPL decider against Sydney United gave him the self-belief he could make it in the A-League.
“Scoring in the Grand Final that built a lot of confidence and motivation to work harder,” he said.
“This year at Blacktown playing all these games and playing in the NPL Grand Final and the FFA Cup that just brings all the confidence to me, personally to be able to play at a better level.”