Perth (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s A-League will begin a new season this weekend with former Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge making his debut in Perth against Adelaide’s Josh Cavallo.
Sturridge has signed with Perth Glory as one of the best players in the tournament since Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero joined Sydney FC in 2012.
“I can handle it,” said a 32-year-old man after undergoing a mandatory two-week quarantine.
“Of course, it’s hard to train in quarantine. You can’t play soccer or do things that are natural for soccer players. Now it fits the game and is in the form of soccer again.”
The striker, who hasn’t played since appearing in Trabzonspor on the Turkish side in February last year, is scheduled to make a cameo appearance from the bench, adding that “there is no tension at all.”
Perth, who finished 9th in a 12-team match last season, will launch a campaign with Adelaide United on Saturday. This will be a milestone for midfielder Cavallo.
Last month, 22-year-old Australian Under-20 International was the only openly gay male soccer player in the Top Flight League.
His decision to make it public was tweeted by legendary Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won praise not only in football but beyond. Soccer is for everyone. I would like to express my great respect. ”
Antoine Griezmann, Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Raphaël Varane, Gerard Piqué and David de Gia were among the many top football players in favor of Cavallo’s decision.
Sturridge started his career in Manchester City before moving to Chelsea in 2009, but after moving to Anfield in 2013, he enjoyed the best spells in Liverpool.
He scored 24 goals in the 2013/14 season in the prolific Front 3 alongside Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling as the Reds approached, struggling to win the Premier League.
He also led the England line at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.
“He will be one of the best players, if not the best in the league,” said Adelaide skipper Stefan Mauk. “It’s the first tough game.”
Defending champion Melbourne City faced Brisbane Roar at home on Friday, returning from the goal and surpassing the 10 Sydney FC 3-1 to win their first A-League crown in June.
They are considered a favorite for Australian soccer players Mathew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout to launch formidable attacks and maintain the title.
“The only expectation is that players train hard every time. They just focus every day,” said city coach Patrick Kisnorbo.
In other matches, Sydney FC will face the Western Sydney Wanderers, Newcastle Jet will host the Central Coast Mariners and Macarthur FC will face Wellington Phoenix.
Melbourne Victory will start a campaign with Western United, trying to forget about the last time last season ended.
– Soccer Sports
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