Adelaide United striker Bruce Djite has called for Reds fans to temper their enthusiasm as they prepare to host arch A-League rivals Melbourne Victory.
Adelaide United striker Bruce Djite has taken the unusual step of appealing for Reds fans to temper their enthusiasm.
Djite cautioned against getting carried away with a season-opening 2-1 away win against defending A-League champions Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
Ahead of a Friday night blockbuster against arch rivals Melbourne Victory, Djite called for calm inside and outside his club.
“I have been in Adelaide a few years now and I know how excited the public gets – very, very easily,” Djite told reporters at Adelaide Airport on Monday.
“I would just like to take this opportunity to temper any of those expectations.
“It’s just 90 minutes. It’s the first game. And we have got a lot to improve on, a lot of work to do.
“Brisbane did play with 10 men for the last 20 minutes or so. It’s important we stay grounded and it’s important the fans do also.”
Djite, who scored a cracking long-range left-footed goal against the Roar, predicted a typically fiery encounter against the Victory, who opened their campaign with a 4-1 trouncing of Western Sydney Wanderers last Friday night.
The Reds host the Victory at Adelaide Oval instead of their usual Coopers Stadium home base, which Djite said would add to the “massive” rivalry between the clubs.
“When we play against them, there is a bit of spite there, it has definitely got a little bit extra to it,” he said.
“It’s one of those games we look forward to playing the most.”
Djite said unlike most pundits, he wasn’t surprised at the ease of Victory’s triumph against the Wanderers.
“We played them in preseason and they were the only team who beat us,” he said.
“Finishing that game, I was thinking to myself that they are going to be a formidable squad.
“They have got a fantastic midfield, they have got (Besart) Berisha as well and we all know how much of a threat he is.
“So it’s important we’re on our game if we want to get another three points.”