Western United Manager John Aloisi backs Leo Lacriox to find his form of last season (Image: Western United website)

It’s been a slow start to the 2022/23 campaign for reigning champions Western United, and also for star centre back Léo Lacroix. The Swiss import looked like a shadow of last season when he earned PFA Team of the Season selection.

However, United Manager John Aloisi says his early season form is nothing to worry about as they prepare to meet a lethal Macarthur FC attack unit.

“Léo will come good, Léo’s got the quality, he showed that last year,” Aloisi told media on Thursday.

“Players have dips in form, it’s part of football. It’s just unfortunate for him that’s its happened at the start of the season.

“He hasn’t stopped working hard in training, there’s nothing that’s changed from inside the club. He’s just hit a slump.

“You don’t become a bad player overnight. He’s excited to get out there tomorrow.”

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Macarthur has now scored 21 goals in seven league and Cup games under new coach Dwight Yorke. It shapes up a nervous fixture for a United squad that’s conceded five goals through the opening two games.

Lacroix will hope to be back to his best to help stop the advances of the potent Macarthur attack. Aloisi is confident his side has what it takes to get the job done.

“They’re [Macarthur] very good on the counter-attack, that’s probably their biggest asset,” he said.

“Macarthur can catch you on the break if you leave yourself exposed. We need to make sure we’re always well positioned even with the ball, so that way if we lose possession we don’t allow them too much space.

“With Arzani, Toure and Rose, when they start running at you with their pace and technical ability, you have to be ready so you can stop that quite quickly.”

Despite the winless start, Aloisi isn’t stressed about the season and has been encouraging his players to do the same. He believes training standards are as high as they were last year, and the competition is just incredibly even.

He says his team needs belief that they’re playing the right way, and results are just around the corner.

“We just need to focus on our process, because if we look too much at the result its easy to get a little bit anxious,” he said.

“We know with the way we’re playing and the group that we’ve got that results will come. At the moment it’s just a focus on improving our way of playing and we’ll turn the results around.

“We don’t see ourselves as out of it. It’s a long season, we know that we’ve got plenty of football to play and we’ll get the results we need to be up there challenging again.”

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