Gombau eyes beautiful football at Adelaide

New Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau is determined to get his side playing "beautiful football" after taking charge of his first training session.

Josep Gombau, Adelaide United

By FOX Sports staff

The Spaniard was handed the Adelaide reins back in April after a successful spell with Hong Kong giants Kitchee, but only arrived in Australia on Monday to prepare his new side for the 2013/14 A-League campaign.

Having learnt his trade at La Liga giants Barcelona, Gombau is a fan of playing attacking, entertaining football and his time in charge of Kitchee even saw the club earn the nickname "Hong Kong Barca".

And the 37-year-old sees no reason why he cannot achieve the same results with the Reds, although he admits it might take time.

"We want to play beautiful football and hope that people enjoy when they come to see us," he said on the club's official website.

"I need to start something from the beginning, which is the style [and] the skills. If you want to play this way you need to go step by step.

"I saw things I like a lot and I also saw things I need to rearrange, but this is normal when arriving at a new team. Tomorrow [Tuesday] we will have a meeting with the players and explain what we want to do during the pre-season.

"We have a long pre-season, this is good, we have two and a half months and we can go step by step and I am happy from my first day of working here.

"Of course I want to to win, to try and be successful like every coach at every single club - but step by step. If you make a good step at the beginning, you put yourself in a better position."

Gombau also touched on the signing of his compatriots Isaias Sanchez and Sergio Cirio, who are expected to arrive at the club by early August.

"One [Cirio] is a striker who can play in the three positions at the top," he explained. "This [past] season [for Hospitalet] he played more of a left winger than other positions and is a player that scored a lot of goals this season.

"I think the A-League is a league that is physically very strong, and he is a strong player.

"The other player [Sanchez] is a midfielder - defensive - that is good at recovering the ball, but is also very good with the first pass. He is a player that can start an attacking play, and play a six, eight or ten positions."

During his time with Kitchee, Gombau won the Hong Kong First Division League and FA Cup twice, as well as the League Cup once.



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