Thomas Broich pinpoints what the A-League must do to improve

Thomas Broich pinpoints what the A-League must do to improve


Outgoing Brisbane Roar legend Thomas Broich believes the A-League and its clubs must work to continue the evolution of the legacy left by Ange Postecoglou.

Broich was one of Postecoglou’s first signings at Brisbane since the now Socceroos boss’ first full season with the club in 2010, moving to install his trademark passing brand of football.

And the 36-year-old was critical in executing Postecoglou’s plans, pulling the strings in midfield as the Roar won back to back championships in 2011 and 2012.

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Due to depart Brisbane after seven years at the club, the German offered his thoughts on how the A-League can continue to develop, urging the maximisation of “tremendous” players.

“I think what’s missing at the moment, just a little bit, is the bravery and the vision,” Broich said at the Roar Supporters Federation forum on Thursday.

“I think it’s just a natural course after Ange did what he did. It’s up to the league and every team now to evolve that again.

“I was watching the grand final, it was a really, really tense game of football. But you can’t help but think ‘well, these are the two best teams in the country’ and I had a feeling they had more in them.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful … in the big games, it’s very hard to play your best football. It’s all about winning the game, it’s all about intensity.

“We have tremendous players in this competition at the moment. Maybe we can be a little bit more daring in terms of the way we play the game.

“I think ultimately, that’s what we need as a division, to play quicker football, to be more creative, to be not just off the cuff.”

Broich added that he had still not arrived at a resolution about where his immediate playing future lies, first having surgery on the ankle problem which kept him from making a farewell appearance in orange.

Broich has not ruled out moving to another A-League club, as he explained on Fox Sports prior to Brisbane’s final Asian Champions League match against Ulsan Hyundai.