Western Sydney have started their life post-Tony Popovic with a 2-1 victory over Perth Glory at Spotless Stadium. There were Spanish players aplenty with six taking the field throughout the match. Familiar faces Diego Castro and former Wanderer Andrea impressed for the Glory, as did Xavi Torres. However it was Western Sydney’s half that caught the eye. Oriol Riera, Alvaro Cejudo and Raul Llorente all impressed in the win. Let’s take a look at their involvements.
Forget Dino Kresinger, and Federico Piovaccari, it looks as if Western Sydney have finally found a decent foreign striker in Oriol Riera. He looked the goods in pre-season and was just as good against the Glory. Riera fired five shots at Liam Reddy’s goal with one finding the back of the net in the 43rd minute. While that was his only shot on target, it found the back of the net. He also created two chances for his teammates, he won three fouls, and five duels.
Cejudo, Riera, Llorente & Torres debuting in #WSWvPER takes Spanish Aus national league players tally to 25. didn’t have any from 1977–2011
— andrew howe (@AndyHowe_statto) 8 October 2017
If Perth’s defence thought one Spaniard was enough, then a second in Alvaro Cejudo will have them scared of returning to Spotless Stadium. He was heavily involved in the match touching the ball 70 times. He completed 86 per cent of his 43 passes. Six of those were crosses, four of those were chances for his teammates, one of which turned into a goal. His tried his own luck five times including a cheeky nutmeg and chip over Liam Reddy which fired wide. Riera and Cejudo are going to cause plenty of headaches for defenders this season.
— Sam 🌈 (@battledinosaur) 8 October 2017
Left backs aren’t always the most involved players in the team but this isn’t necessary the case for Spain who have produced the likes of Jordi Alba, Filipe Luis, and Marcus Alonso. We’re not comparing Raul Llorente with that trio but he is a great of example of the type of players the nation has produced. Llorente had 87 touches, completed 89.7 per cent of his 58 passes. Defensively he made four clearances, intercepted the ball three times, and won two tackles.
Knew Castro was short, but didn’t realise he’s small enough to fit in Hamill’s pocket. 🤷♂️ #WSWvPER
— Nermin Bajric (@nermindotcom) 8 October 2017
As well as there being plenty of Spaniards there were also a lot of players on both sides, facing their former team. In fact 14 players have played for Western Sydney and Perth, can you name them all?
Kickscribe Player Ratings
-3 Alvaro Cejudo
-2 Raul Llorente
-1 Michael Thwaite