MARIST FC Brazilian forward Guiherme Freitas says the team needs to be more patient with the ball to perform well in the OFC Champions League.
In an interview after the friendly against Western United, Freitas said, “we need keep the ball and be patient and that is the only thing we need to do to make a great performance at the O-League.”
The lanky striker expressed that the local players are technically good but just to be more patient with ball to open up space in the attacking third.
When asked about the difference playing in Brazil compared to playing with Marist, the Brazilian said the only difference is the players in Brazil are more patient compared to here, where they only want to go forward all the time attacking.
Speaking on how he and his two fellow countrymen blended in with Marist, Freitas stated that despite being with the team for only a week they are slowly settling in with the local lads.
“The players helped us to settle down during training and to adapt because it’s two different worlds being from Brazil coming here.
“For us it was good because we've only been in the country for one week and it’s good to know how the players are playing.
“I think we have to improve in some areas to play well on Saturday against Western United.
“My first impression was the players are really good and we had to train more to get better,” he said.
Marist coach Juliano Schmeling echoed the same statement that his fellow countrymen need time to integrate with the team.
“At the moment this is what I was expecting because this is the first friendly game.
“So I believe that for the next two friendly games, the players will be more familiar playing with us together.
Juliano said the trio started only a week ago training together with the local players and they are not ready yet but he assured Marist fans they will be ready for the OFC Champions League tournament proper.
Schmeling starts all his three international imports against Western United.
Guiherme Freitas works tirelessly upfront to only deny by veteran national defender Nelson Sale moments before connecting with a low cross from impressive James Egeta from the left.
Towering defender Andre Morosini who was impressive at the back out muscled James Naka at times and playmaker Djair Junior displayed some samba styles in the middle of the park to the cheers from the pack Lawson Tama grand stand.
By SIMON ABANA