Gombau wants to leave Barcelona legacy at Adelaide

The new man in charge of the Reds has backed himself to succeed in his mission of introducing a sophisticated approach to the game, one which will stand the test of time

Spaniard Josep Gombau says he wants to lay the foundations of a lasting football philosophy at Adelaide United, and is confident he can recreate Barcelona's style at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Gombau, a coach educated in Catalonia who used to work in Barca's extensive youth system, was appointed by Adelaide in April, charged with bringing attractive football to South Australia.

Last week the 37-year-old said he expected his work to be complete by the end of his initial two-year contract.

He will have his work cut out for him if he is to succeed, with Gombau revealing his ambition is to leave a legacy of sophisticated, possession-based play for future coaches of the club to continue.

"What we want to try to do here is make something that if I leave, whoever comes in, you'll find this," he told The World Game.

"From the youth teams to the first team, everyone plays the same style. This style is the Barca style, Spanish style."

While acknowledging the need to produce results quickly, Gombau said the priority in his first season in charge will be effecting genuine change rather than seeking to win by any means necessary.

"We will try to keep the ball, to have the most time possible with possession, to play beautiful football, attacking football but this requires time," he said.

"I am satisfied that the players are concentrating and enjoying it.

"In my first season it's more important to do this than to win games."

"Winning football is always important, because if you don't win, the people maybe don't believe in your project. Everybody wants to win with everything they do in life.

"Sometimes when you want to win you need to build something very solid from the first step and I believe in this."

Last week Gombau suggested several players could be moved on if they fail to adapt to his methods, but he has since clarified those comments, focusing instead on a lack of personnel in certain areas of the field, and a surplus in others.

"The problem is not the players, because if the players have time they can do it," he said.

"The problem is that the team at the moment is not balanced like what we need.

"We have five central defenders, but only one left-back. The problem isn't that the five central defenders cannot learn the style, they can learn it with work. But why should I work with five central defenders, when I just need four and I need one more left-back?"

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