Captain's Corner: Isaias says Adelaide fans will make Coopers Stadium a cauldron for City visit

As anticipation builds for the Hyundai A-League Elimination Finals, we're getting each club captain to preview the huge weekend in their own words.

Next up is Adelaide United skipper Isaias, who discusses the challenges his side have faced in 2018/19 and the crucial role a packed Coopers Stadium can have in helping Marco Kurz's side over Melbourne City on Sunday.

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A taste of success

"And here we are – on the verge of the Finals Series. What a season it has been.

"Looking back on when it all started in our pre-season, all our hard work has been worth it. Our goals were always clear and improving on last season was the main objective.

The electric atmosphere they create for us is amazing and the way it can intimidate our opposition is very important.

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"Fighting so hard to compete and go all the way in the FFA Cup final was massive for us and it really gave us the taste of success." 

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'We always had to believe'

"But the season wasn’t so easy and there were definitely challenges we had to overcome.

"It was no secret that we were unlucky with injuries to some of our players, but we always trusted one another and had belief that we would be in a good position by the end of Round 27.

"That was very important. We always had to believe we would be in a good position."

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Craig Goodwin, Isaias
Craig Goodwin and Isaias have been key for United

Ready for a Coopers Stadium classic

"Earning a home final at Coopers Stadium is an incredible achievement for us.

"The whole team knows how important it is playing in front of our incredible fans and when we do, they are our 12th player for sure.

"The electric atmosphere they create for us is amazing and the way it can intimidate our opposition is very important.

Coopers Stadium Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix
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"Because we are playing Melbourne City in this Elimination Final, I cannot help but remember our semi-final against them in the 2015/16 season.

"That was one of the best nights I have experienced at Coopers and the performance we put in was not only because of our ability, but also the energy created by the supporters.

"Our fans helped us so much in that game and I am sure they will do the same for us this Sunday."

Adelaide United
Famous Coopers night: Adelaide United beat Melbourne City 4-1 at in the 2015/16 semi-final

Final word

"We will have 90 minutes to give our all and do everything we can to advance to the next stage of the finals.

"In the same way, we will need our supporters to give their all in the stands and cheer us right until the very end of the match.


"We know anything is possible in the Finals and we are confident that we can go all the way this season.

"It all starts this Sunday and we are ready for it all."

Adelaide Utd celebrations after beating Brisbane Road_Feb 2019
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