Michael Marrone of Adelaide United (centre) is tackled by Bobo of Sydney.
Michael Marrone of Adelaide United (centre) is tackled by Bobo of Sydney. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Reds defender wants team to have licence to attack

ADELAIDE United defender Michael Marrone has dropped a less-than-subtle hint he wants championship-winning coach Guillermo Amor's tactics to change.

Marrone, 29, made the claim after Adelaide lost to Sydney FC 2-0 on Friday night at Allianz Stadium.

The loss kept Adelaide rooted to ninth place, eight points adrift of six-placed Perth Glory before this weekend's round 16 was complete.

"Attacking we have only scored 12 goals in 16 games, which isn't good enough,” Marrone told the Triple M Real Football Show.

"If you're defending a lot, it's very hard to get forward.

"Sydney dominated the game in all honesty and we're a team that we need the ball to do well.

"They had more possession, they controlled the game and by the time our wingers got the ball they were tired ... I was tired, it was hard to attack.

"When I got the ball I was pretty buggered already, I can imagine the wingers were in the same boat because they were tracking the full-backs that went quite high.”

Marrone, who returned to first-team action on January 7 after a long injury layoff caused by a rupture to his achilles tendon during Adelaide's grand final win over Western Sydney, says the Reds are struggling with the zonal marking plan.

He claimed Adelaide would be a much better outfit if it pressed teams higher up the pitch.

"We need the ball,” Marrone said.

"Otherwise we're not as effective, we're not a team that sits behind the ball and sits deep.

"I mean, we got away with it a little bit last week (in a 2-1 win over Melbourne City) - we sat back and counter-attacked against a very good ball-playing side in City.

"I think we have to improve and get better tactically because other teams have improved on the ball.

"The last two rounds are great examples. City and Sydney are exceptional on the ball.

"We just have to get back to controlling games. Last year we did that and we set how we're going to play.

"This year we've lost control of the games.”

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