Jordan Elsey says Western Sydney Wanderers will be “scared” of playing Adelaide United in the Westfield FFA Cup semi-final and is relishing his individual battle against the in-form Oriol Riera.
The Reds and Wanderers do battle at Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday night in a blockbuster semi, with the winner to face Sydney FC in next month’s final.
Both sides have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the Hyundai A-League season and head into the winner-takes-all clash in confident mood.
“It’s one more game and we are in a final,” Elsey said on Sunday.
“I feel like this FFA Cup we have played really well throughout it and Western Sydney will be scared playing us because of our form going into this FFA Cup and we are undefeated in the season.
“It’s a must-win game and you don’t get to play in many finals throughout your career so it’s a must-win game.”
If the Reds are to prevail in Western Sydney, they’ll need to stop the Wanderers’ Spanish star Riera.
The ex-La Liga striker has score in every round of the Westfield FFA Cup [four goals in three games], while he’s also scored three times in the Hyundai A-League.
But after putting the shackles on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha on Friday night, Elsey is up for the challenge of going head-to-head with Riera.
“I’m expecting the same [as with Berisha],” Elsey said.
“I’m sure he’s [Riera] a winner and a fighter that’s the way he’s played in his career.
“I’m looking forward to the battle and I like playing against big players in this league. It helps me, I’m a young boy and helps me develop and I look forward to playing against these imports.
“So it should be a good battle…but we are not just focusing on one player there’s obviously another ten players on the pitch.”