The One Person That Needles Perth Glory's Liam Reddy
Not only will it be the very first time that the round ball will kick off at Optus Stadium – the Perth Glory will be playing against Premier League heavyweights, Chelsea.
More than 55,000 are expected at the Monday night game, Chelsea’s first under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy spoke to 96FM’s Paul & Lise on Monday, just hours ahead of the match.
“When there’s a lot of people watching, yeah, it’s exciting,” Reddy said.
Despite it being an exhibition game, he said it made it even more exciting for the match to be against a Premier League team – and an FA Cup winning team - in Australia.
“It’s probably a great opportunity for our younger players to taste what it takes to play at the highest level.”
Speaking of those who are younger, Reddy admitted that when preparing for a game, it’s his kids - Marley Hendrix and Ziggy - who remind him exactly who he’s up against.
“So, they don’t care about you?” Lise asked.
“They get in my head early,” Reddy said before saying it was generally his eldest that does it.
“What does he say?” Lise pressed.
“He just goes for anyone that goes against me really,” Reddy said.
“He just needles you.”
Reddy reckons it’s a bit of karma, that his mum reminds him that he did the same thing to his father.
“So, it’s just come back at me really.”
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The game kicks off at 7.30pm, but fans are urged to arrive early, with gates open at 5.45pm.
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