A-league clubs are having very different pre-seasons. SFC toured in Italy. WSW have friendlies in Japan. Glory went to South Africa and Malaysia. Adelaide stayed home. BR have games against state league sides, and then some A-league teams coming up? Victory played Liverpool.
My gut feeling is that tonking state league teams isn’t the toughest preparation, and I expect the teams that have taken on tougher opposition to start well. Hit the ground running, as they say. But I really don’t know. But what these different pre-seasons do is give us something to compare. Which will be very interesting. Maybe a side that stayed at home, got their setup right and tonked state league teams start well. Maybe SFC rips it up after playing Italian sides? Maybe everybody starts about the same and it doesn’t make any difference whether you stay at home or go tour. Right now we just don’t know.
I think now clubs can see the value the right coach brings to performance. Will we also see greater fine tuning of club pre-seasons?