24/04/2024

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Fresh out of quarantine, new Adelaide United signing, Juande, spoke about his team-first mentality and his readiness to fight for his new city which was on full display tonight in a 1-0 win.

Adelaide United’s latest signing, Juande, is no stranger to the A-League.

The Spanish midfielder spent two years at Perth Glory before his career path took him to India but a disrupted stay on the subcontinent has led to an A-League return, one that he is very excited about.

Perhaps more exciting for Reds fans, though, is that the club have seemingly found a player who’s mentality aligns perfectly with theirs.

At his first press conference in a United shirt, Juande recounted his previous encounters with the Reds and what stood out to him about the Adelaide United brand of football.

“I say it every time, when I play against Adelaide for me they’re a hard team,” he said.

“Every player runs for 90 minutes so this is very difficult when you play against this opponent.

“Now I play in this team so it’s better for me.”

For Juande, the main objective is to fight for the team in any way possible, something that will no doubt endear him to the United faithful.

A self-professed team player, Juande knows that his value goes beyond the 90 minutes on the weekend and spoke about how as long as the team wins, he doesn’t mind if he is playing or not.

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Speaking with the press after leaving quarantine, Juande revealed that the marriage of his mentality and the United way of playing is a perfect one.

“I fight every year,” he began.

“This is the best in football, when you arrive in the changeroom, all together you fight for the same goal

“For me when I sign for a club. I am not just happy when I play and win, I’m happy when the team wins because I’m a team player.

“Of course, I’m trying to train hard and I train to get my position but if not, I train to help other players; this is my mentality.

“My mentality and the club have the same mentality.”

Named amongst the substitutes against the Sky Blues this evening in what was a crucial game for the Reds, Juande’s presence on the side-lines was a welcome one, but he wasn’t seated for long.

Javi Lopez departed the pitch after a Luke Brattan tackle saw him injured and Juande was called upon to make his debut in a red shirt.

Slotting into the midfield, Juande showed great composure and after only a couple of training sessions with the Reds, he managed to adapt well during what was a very physical contest with Sydney FC.

Perhaps the moment Adelaide fans enjoyed the most came in the 30th minute where Juande left Sydney FC marquee, Miloš Ninković, on the deck in a crunching but fair tackle.

Adelaide went on to win the game 1-0 with Craig Goodwin converting a penalty midway through the second half.

United boast one of the youngest midfields in the league and have been looking for added experience in the middle for some time.

In Juande, they have found a role model for those younger players and coach Carl Veart is excited to be able to fit in the Spaniard in the coming weeks.

“He’s someone that’s got that quality and that experience in the middle of the park,” Veart began.

“At the moment we’ve got three or four young players in that position that are learning their craft.

“It’s important they have someone they can learn from and Juande will provide that guidance for the young players that we have in the middle.”

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