Australian Football: Garcia taking positives from road-trip
Richard Garcia says Perth Glory can put down a marker for winning the A-League title by picking up points on the road over the next 33 days.
Glory are priced at 14/1 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final but have a tough start to the campaign with most of their games away from Perth.
Glory kicked off the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Adelaide on Saturday but now head off on a brutal road trip that will see them play three games in Melbourne, one in Brisbane and one in Adelaide.
The situation is far from ideal but Garcia says it could work in their favour and they are embracing it.
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"These guys are going to have to do it tough and they're going to have to push through some difficult times especially with not having family and friends around, but that's something that we've discussed before coming and everyone's up for the challenge," Garcia said.
"Any team, if you do well on the road, you've got a fantastic opportunity to win the league and that's something that we've been focusing on now for a while since we've been made aware of the fixtures.
"We want to come away with as many points away from this road trip that we can.
"That's our aim to be able to score as many points as we can and then get back to our fans and our home ground and really take it to people at home."
AAMI Park the venue
The first three games against Western United, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will all be played at AAMI Park.
The stadium will also be a home away from home for Western who will play five of their next seven games there.
"I'm sure the players will because it's such a good stadium to play out of, as a footballer you love playing in that stadium," Western coach John Aloisi said.
"I remember my last year playing out of there. I really enjoyed it. I know all our players will as well."