They have had a forgettable A-League season, but Trani says Adelaide's resurgence in the ACL could help ease the pain
Adelaide United assistant coach Luciano Trani believes his club can achieve redemption for a poor A-League season in the AFC Champions League.
United are still a chance of picking up the 2011-12 wooden spoon if they lost on Friday in the final week of their domestic season and Gold Coast United upset Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
But they again defied their form line in Asia, defeating developing rivals Gamba Osaka 2-0 on Tuesday in matchday two to ensure they have begun life in Group E with two wins from as many matches.
Top of the group, Trani - in charge of the side in the place of the unlicenced John Kosmina - believes the Reds can atone for their domestic campaign in continental competition.
"Tuesday night was a chance for the players to make up for what has been a poor season in the A-League," Trani said.
"I think we've just seen that if the outcomes in terms of our discipline are there, then anything can be achieved.
"It's like everything - if you are organised from the start you are always going to give yourself a chance of being competitive."
Daniel Mullen's brace in the 2-0 came from well worked set-piece plays, and Trani revealed dead-ball opportunities had been an area of focus for their ACL campaign.
"I think now that we've taken our chances with refining our set plays, they're obviously making a huge difference in some of our games, so we'll continue to develop that and hope it continues on in the ACL," Trani said.
"If we can become even better in those set plays it will give us a huge advantage going forward."
The result heaps more pressure on Gamba Osaka coach Jose Carlos Serrao, who has started his reign at the club with four successive defeats.
"It is a very bad result. It is now four losses in a row and we are still making mistakes – we are losing to ourselves," the Brazilian said.
"We need to work hard to get better and change our players' mentality on how to defend because we are making very easy mistakes and allowing openings for our opponents to score."