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I don't know what's his deal but I am not liking his body language from the last few games.

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26 minutes ago, SBW said:

I don't know what's his deal but I am not liking his body language from the last few games.

2 year marquee deal. 

There must be some bad blood with Gombau from their Barcelona days together.

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5 hours ago, Paul01 said:

2 year marquee deal. 

There must be some bad blood with Gombau from their Barcelona days together.

He is a player that thrives on decent crosses into the box, and we put two wingers in who can’t cross to save their lives. 

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6 hours ago, SBW said:

I don't know what's his deal but I am not liking his body language from the last few games.

Yes, injured perhaps, but his attitude when he came off yesterday came across as pretty shitty, doesn't look happy in his work which is a major concern.

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Attitude when he came off?

Is he supposed to be happy that he is injured? Was he supposed to high five everyone?

I don’t mind, he was injured and had to come off. He isn’t happy, he has gone straight down the tunnel for the physio to check it out and start the recovery process.

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26 minutes ago, Prydzopolis said:

Attitude when he came off?

Is he supposed to be happy that he is injured? Was he supposed to high five everyone?

I don’t mind, he was injured and had to come off. He isn’t happy, he has gone straight down the tunnel for the physio to check it out and start the recovery process.

He comes across as petulant. The first display with Gombau in the Victory game was that of someone who has no respect for someone who is a placed in a higher position than him at the club. He lacked the discipline to control himself. Gombau came off looking the better person.

Now people have doubts about his character. Some see his injury a 'boy who cried wolf' situation. That's the problem here. Not so much the way he looked when he came off.

 

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I stand to be corrected here but I think people are reading too much into his reactions. 

I do think that some of it is frustration at the absolute woeful delivery he gets, and if so then of course he's going to be annoyed. Imagine playing your whole life in La Liga and then relying on Sotirio to set goals up for you.

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10 hours ago, luisenrique said:

I stand to be corrected here but I think people are reading too much into his reactions. 

I do think that some of it is frustration at the absolute woeful delivery he gets, and if so then of course he's going to be annoyed. Imagine playing your whole life in La Liga and then relying on Sotirio to set goals up for you.

He should have buried that early header though !!

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11 hours ago, luisenrique said:

I stand to be corrected here but I think people are reading too much into his reactions. 

I do think that some of it is frustration at the absolute woeful delivery he gets, and if so then of course he's going to be annoyed. Imagine playing your whole life in La Liga and then relying on Sotirio to set goals up for you.

I tend to agree.  I wasn't really concerned at his actions of frustration and passion.  I would rather a player be frustrated that he hasn't scored or has to come off than passively accept it.  He is working hard but as has been said the crosses have been all age 5 level (and sometimes under 10!!).  There have been few, if any, balls through.  As a striker trying to make a mark I would be pretty frustrated with what I was receiving.  If he felt a twinge in his hammy then best he came off when he did, get some attention and be back ASAP. The conditions on Sat night were not conducive to anything positive coming from him staying on.  He'd be out for weeks.

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West Syd - I was happy with Gombau’s post match comments at City. It wasn’t a reaction against the manager but what happened in the game. If the manager/club didn’t sort it out, the boys would have done it themselves.

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Oriel interview on the Daily Football Show. Interesting insight in that Gombau changed things from day 1 and the whole team found it difficult to adapt.

Worth a listen.

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Imagine that S4 squad with Riera instead of Piovaccari. We'd have that American journalist asking whether we think we'll win the World Cup.

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http://www.noticiasdenavarra.com/2018/04/14/deportes/futbol/goles-tambien-en-australia

PAMPLONA.-Oriol Riera left Osasuna last season and embarked on a personal and soccer adventure on the other side of the world. His signing for Western Sydney Wanderers FC, one of the two representative clubs of the great Australian city, was surprising for a player with market and offers in Europe and Spain, with sufficient conditions to be in a better known football. Oriol, who left Osasuna disappointing and eliminated by the drift in sports decisions and a descent, lives intensely an experience in which he has already left his mark, where he has made history with his team.

With 14 goals in the regular tournament and four more in the Cup, he has already become the club's top scorer in a single season, which has not ended yet. The Vic striker faces tomorrow from 9.00, Spanish time a vital match against Adelaida United. A victory against the team that formed a well-known Australian in Pamplona, John Aloisi, would allow him to qualify for the playoff for the title, for the quarterfinals of this championship that brings together, in his regular competition, ten teams.

"After a difficult season, with many ups and downs, playing the last game with the possibility of entering the playoffs and enjoying the finals, makes us really want to play and qualify for the quarter finals" says the Catalan forward hours before this important event for his club. "There is a special atmosphere in the fans, because there is a great enthusiasm in the whole world."The Western Sidney Wanderers is a club with five years that has its peculiarity, comparable with some circumstance of the Spanish League.

"They told me that they came to the best club, with the best fans, the other team in the city is Sidney FC, we are the Western, we are like Atlético de Madrid, we are the team of people who work hard during the week to be able to live with few excesses, "he explains. "The club is founded on these foundations of sacrifice and work, and that's what your hobby transmits to us, we have the highest number of partners, a new stadium is being built, because now we play in the Olympic." In this special environment, Oriol, who shares an adventure in Australia with another exrojillo, Álvaro Cejudo, recognizes that he is having a prominent role. "I have had the opportunity to make many goals and that has meant many points. And even more I have been able to do it based on how I got it, when you ask for responsibility and make that difference.

The responsibility of everyone is shared in the team, but it is true that in each encounter you have to try to make that difference that is asked of you. One game remains and I hope to keep the streak. "Osasuna's former striker who has another year of contract explains that the game there is different, as well as the assembly that surrounds him." Football in Australia is a little more virgin. The A League professional league has ten years of experience and is a franchise League.

It is a different structure from the one we have in Europe, but it does try to resemble the Premier in game, with box to box game, fast transitions from area to area. It is a more anarchic game, with more force, with less tactical control. There is a limit of four foreigners and one Asian player per team, and in the end come players from all over the world, who are those who generate that small difference. Also the Australian players, like in our team there is one who is going to go to the World Cup with the Australian team.

"With his wife and two little girls, Oriol and his family have naturally overcome the radical change of scenery." The adaptation was one of the fears we had after the experience in England played in Wigan, which was not very good. But they have helped us a lot, girls are delighted at school. The Australian people are emigrants in their family tree and that makes them understand everything from the errors of the language to anything else.They have an open mind and help with adaptation. " The performance of Oriol has had its follow-up in the League, as well as its peculiar way of celebrating the goals outside tongue and sign of victory, dedicated to the Adana Foundation, an organization that takes care of people with ADHD attention deficit. Language out and V of victory, also in Australia.

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He gets us

.@ORiera9: What I'm feeling today and what we saw with the Spanish boys is that we play for more than a club. We play for a community

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2 hours ago, Paul01 said:

He gets us

.@ORiera9: What I'm feeling today and what we saw with the Spanish boys is that we play for more than a club. We play for a community

Perhaps he can have a word with some of the others and the coach

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http://www.oriolriera.com/noticias/agradezco-todo-el-carino-que-he-recibido-desde-el-primer-dia/

"I appreciate all the love I have received since the first day"

Oriol Riera has completed his first season at Western Sydney Wanderers FC this year . The Catalan player makes a positive assessment of his stay in Australia but laments for not having been able to reach the playoffs for the title of the Huydai A League . Personally, he points out that it has been a fantastic year. Sporting and collectively, it has not achieved the desired goal but personally, in the official gala of the Australian club, received three awards: best player of the season, best player at the discretion of journalists and the golden boot as top scorer of the Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

How do you value the personal and professional experience of your first year in Australia?

I value the experience in a very positive way, both personally and athletically. I have known another style and another way to play football. It's a little bit more virgin soccer. And on a personal level, both my wife, my daughters and I have been great. Here the day to day is very good and makes things much easier. The adaptation was very fast and we have enjoyed some very nice months.

What differences have you found regarding European football?

The differences are noticeable in the matches. They are more virgin tactical games; It is a game similar to that of the premier. It's a "box to box" game. Here the tactical concept is not so ingrained. They are less tactical matches, back and forth. The game is more virgin and simpler than, for example, in Spain.

What has been the best and the worst of the season?

The best thing, sportingly speaking, has been the people that I have been able to meet here. We have made a very united and very good wardrobe. Despite having many cultures and many different languages we have known how to get along. It is a people that will be there for life. The worst have been the ups and downs of the team during the year. We could not qualify for the play off. It is the negative that I draw from this experience.

Some kind of thanks to someone especially in this first year in Australia.

The gratitude is always to my family for accompanying me in this adventure and for enjoying it from the first day. If the family is not well, I would not have enjoyed one hundred percent either. We have all enjoyed and I put a very high note to this experience.

Any anecdote that you remember with affection ...

Memories with affection I take many. There have been sporting difficult situations and at the end of the games, even losing, the people enjoyed with us and told us that nothing was happening. They suffered with us and it is a love that the athlete feels very much his. It is the best that I take.

What do you plan for next season?

I have one more year of contract and I plan to continue here enjoying another year of this league and this competition. Sportingly I would like us to take a qualitative leap at the collective level. We want to reach the finals and, why not, win the league title. It is something that both the club and the players have to consider.

You will be satisfied with this first year in Australia. You have been awarded as best player of the Hyundai A League, best player according to journalists and top scorer of the team ...

I'm satisfied because I think I've given my best. A part of me is satisfied but another, in the collective, we can not be satisfied because we have not fulfilled the goal of reaching that part as beautiful as the end. It is a half and half sensation. I'm happy but also annoyed at not being able to achieve the collective goal.

I am also very happy to have won all three awards at the club gala. It is a recognition of the journalists, of the players themselves ... I am also satisfied to have achieved the gold boot as top scorer because it reflects the work of a whole year. I want to thank all the love we have received from the first day. I think I'm in the right club for me and my family and that's something to be thankful for.

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On 10/9/2017 at 2:07 AM, mack said:

He will be in with a great shot at golden boot. He has a fantastic leap, good control with the head and he's shown great composure & accurate finishing. When you add in that he's got very good stamina and could easily play 90 minutes in almost every match, and he takes penalties, he could win individual awards this season and possibly take us to silverware.

Second place in the Golden Boot (technically, Ross McCormack would've finished 2nd if he'd stayed the whole season) was pretty close.... and he singlehandedly dragged us past Blacktown & Wellington in the FFA Cup so I'm counting that as a near-miss on the silverware prediction.

Hopefully next year we have a manager and a team that can actually support him. His defending at set pieces made him our second best defender behind Hamill.

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4 hours ago, mack said:

Second place in the Golden Boot (technically, Ross McCormack would've finished 2nd if he'd stayed the whole season) was pretty close.... and he singlehandedly dragged us past Blacktown & Wellington in the FFA Cup so I'm counting that as a near-miss on the silverware prediction.

Hopefully next year we have a manager and a team that can actually support him. His defending at set pieces made him our second best defender behind Hamill.

And if we get a manager who can actually set up a defence he won’t need to come all the way back.

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4 hours ago, wswnick said:

Riera back in Sydney for training tomorrow. Hope he's ready for a big season!

Maybe he can get some better service from Grozos and who?

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I am sure he will play a big season. 15 + goals.

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On 16/07/2018 at 6:22 AM, wsw4ever said:

I am sure he will play a big season. 15 + goals.

He nearly went back to Spain.

I hope he gets his just reward, the Golden Boot.

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