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PostPosted: 23.09.2016 21:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gersbach in Australia squad
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PostPosted: 27.09.2016 18:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

“My mind is definitely set on staying at Rosenborg next season and I’m really looking forward to it.”

After Rosenborg clinched the title with a 3-1 win over fierce rival Molde, Gersbach and his team-mates were greeted by a rapturous reception when the team bus arrived back in Trondheim.

“It was nice to have our fans travel down to Molde, and the atmosphere after the game in the dressing room after the game was really cool and everyone in the club is buzzing.

“It was just really nice and extra special to win the league playing our main rivals Molde.”

Read more: Grounded Gersbach focused on job at hand
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PostPosted: 29.09.2016 22:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

While locked in a Socceroos fight with Smith, two-cap Gersbach has at the same time forged a close relationship with the former Liverpool youngster, with both committed to a common cause.

"I have to make sure that I am always ready and when I do get the chance then I take it," he said.

"Brad's doing a good job with the national team. He played well against UAE and set up our winning goal for Tim Cahill."

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Gersbach is also aiming to get a mini monkey off his back during the remainder of the campaign as he hunts his first goal for the club.

"I am actually the only player in the squad who hasn’t scored a goal this season," he said.

"I have been a bit selfish lately by shooting when I probably should have passed the ball.

"I am pretty keen to score and avoid the end of season nudie run!"

Read more: Gersbach hunts for historic double in Norway
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PostPosted: 07.10.2016 23:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

“It’s been a really good year for me. Moving over [to Norway] in February, I would have never thought we were would have won the league by this much.

“I had high hopes and thought we were a chance to win the league but to win it with five games to go is a really good feeling.

“Every day in training playing against some talented players helps you improve. It’s helped me improve a lot and I’m looking forward to staying there next year and improving even more and getting a spot in the Europa League or even the Champions League. Who knows?,” the 19-year-old added.

Read more: Gersbach on his breakthrough 2016
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PostPosted: 10.11.2016 22:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following next week’s qualifier in Bangkok, Gersbach will head back to Norway for the Norwegian Cup Final against Kongsvinger

Rosenborg could secure the double for the second straight season.

“We’ve got some history in the making hopefully,” an upbeat Gersbach told FFA TV.

“If we do win the double again this year…it will be the first time in Norwegian history a team has won the double two years in a row.

“It’s been a really exciting season for me. Coming into the [Rosenborg] team in February, having [a] short little [pre-]season and then getting straight into it,” he added.

Read more: Young Caltex Socceroo boosted by Norwegian success

“It’s been a really good year even though I’ve lost my spot in the team lately,” Gersbach said from Bangkok, where the Socceroos meet Thailand in a World Cup qualifier next Tuesday night (EDT).

“The coach (Kare Ingebrigsten) was rotating players a fair bit, especially during the middle of the season.

“I would have like to have played every game. I got plenty of game time but I really want to cement my spot and make sure I’m the No.1 left-back next season.”

It’s a similar case in terms of Socceroos selection. Capped twice, Gersbach is behind Bournemouth’s Brad Smith in the battle for the left back spot.

“Brad’s been doing really well for the Socceroos lately. He’s not playing so much at Bournemouth but when he’s playing for the Socceroos he’s doing the job,” Gersbach said.

“I can’t complain about that. I’ve just got to be ready all the time.”

Read more: Alex Gersbach content with reduced dual roles

"I was in the Under-17s and then the Under-20s, jumped quickly to the Under-23s and then quickly to the Socceroos again. I didn't really have much time to settle down with the Olyroos really.

"So I guess that's sort of helped me as I've jumped quickly. It's a big change I guess but in the end all the systems we play and things like that are similiar. That helps being in the system from a young age."

Read more: Gersbach after Norwegian history
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PostPosted: 24.11.2016 21:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Juve’s continuing search to find some of the world’s best young talent, latest reports suggest that CEO Marotta and Sporting Director Paratici are keeping a watchful eye on 19-year-old Rosenborg left-back Alex Gersbach.

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PostPosted: 27.11.2016 16:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Socceroos left-back, still only 19, has been tracked by Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici, according to the Italian website calciomercato.com.

But the reports, are “news" to Gersbach, and while welcome, the former Sydney FC flier said: “Of course I’ll take it as a compliment but I'll just keep working hard and you never know what can happen in football.

“It’s nice to have people writing articles like that about you and I am in a good spot.

"I just need to keep my head down now and keep working hard. My mind is set on Rosenborg and playing here next year and winning more trophies.

“I am aiming to have a good pre-season and to keep improving and processing … beyond that it’s all out of my control.”

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While racking up many match minutes, Gersbach has been locked in a tussle with Jergen Skjelvik for the left-back role, and it’s a duel he aims to win.

“I just want to cement that spot: I want to play every game and every minute. I will work hard in pre-season and make sure that happens next year," he said.

Read more: Gersbach flattered by Juventus interest
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PostPosted: 11.04.2017 21:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex Gersbach was a notable absentee from Australia's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE, but the young gun is planning a swift return to the Socceroos fold.

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Having spent the week with Josep Gombau's Olyroos, while the senior team faced Iraq and UAE, Gersbach said: "I understood being left out".

"I hadn't been in competition for a few months while Aziz Behich has been doing well in Turkey, playing every week.

"That's fair enough and I can't really complain about that too much.

"I just need to work hard and play my way back in there.

"It's a big goal of mine to go to the Confederations Cup and hopefully I will play well and impress Ange to get that call-up."

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PostPosted: 15.06.2017 22:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gersbach will meet up with the rest of the squad in Russia after flying out of Norway on Thursday and is determined to take full advantage of his time in the national fold.

"This call-up has come at a really good time for me," he said. "I'm going to give it my all and hopefully do well in the tournament and come back to my club and see how things go then.

"It's unfortunate Brad got injured, but I've got to take this chance with both hands. I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the boys and if I get to play I'll give it a real crack.

"Even though I haven't played much recently I'm happy with my fitness and I'll just keep working hard in camp."

Read more: Gersbach happy to leave club frustrations behind to join Socceroos

Australia meet Germany, Cameroon and Chile in the group stage in Russia.
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PostPosted: 22.06.2017 22:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was awarded a penalty kick which secured 1-1 against Cameroon today.

Before the match:

"I'll be confident if I get my chance to come in and do my job."

Having fallen out of favour in recent weeks at his club, Gersbach added:

"If I get a chance I really need to do well to I guess make a statement back to my club that I am ready to play and do my job."

Read more: Gersbach pushing for surprise Socceroos start as Ange tinkers team
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PostPosted: 26.06.2017 20:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nominally a fullback, Gersbach was thrust in to the pivotal role down the left flank in Australia’s 3-2-4-1 formation. And took to it as comfortably as a holiday-maker to a sun lounger, solid in defence and getting in to the box to win the penalty that led to the Socceroos’ leveller from the spot.

“I was a bit nervous before the game in terms of doing my job and knowing exactly what to do,” he admits. It didn’t show.

“We’d gone over it 100 times, but you still have that little bit of doubt in your mind. But once I got out on to the pitch I really enjoyed it. It seemed pretty simple in the end in terms of what I had to do in both defence and attack — pretty much just run all day.

“I really like the role and the formation and the way we’re trying to play.”

Read more: Alex Gersbach’s ability to adapt a big plus for Socceroos

Only in the squad because of injury to Brad Smith, Gersbach was Postecoglou's wildcard and he looked at ease on the big stage.

The performance earned praise from both coach and captain.

"Alex was excellent," Postecoglou said.

"He's got great technique. He's got great composure and did well for the penalty. He put a couple of balls in ... one in the first half went just over Tomi Juric's head that would have been a great goal.

"We've got some good young players coming through. These guys will be together for the next four to six years.

"We'll keep exposing them at this level."

Read more: Gersbach glows as Socceroos flicker
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PostPosted: 30.08.2017 19:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I want to stay with Rosenberg and do well with the club.

"We have just qualified for the Europa League, and it's going to be a big few months before the end of the season.

"Hopefully that means more game time for myself with all the matches coming up."

Gersbach is in regular touch with Smith by text, and whoever gets the nod against Japan will have the full backing of the one who misses out.

"I guess it's probably between me and Brad for a starting spot, that looks like the logical thing. But you never know," he added.

Read more: Gersbach on tenterhooks as Postecoglou shuffles his Japan plans
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