Adelaide United coach John Kosmina has defiantly claimed his team is better than the star-studded Melbourne Victory as the two teams dog-fight for A-League finals positions.
Kosmina's Reds drew 1-1 with the Victory at AAMI Park on Friday night - each team dominating for a half and remaining at the fringe of the top six as they attempt to fight back from less-than-promising starts to their season.
Kosmina has the Reds unbeaten in five matches since taking over from the sacked Rini Coolen.
Importantly, he also has Socceroo attacker Dario Vidosic and star striker Sergio van Dijk in brilliant form, and added grit to defence and midfield.
With Harry Kewell, Archie Thompson and Carlos Hernandez, the Victory continue to be rated as "best squad on paper" and marked harshly as a result.
But Kosmina said his Reds had better players across the board than the Victory.
"Us. No question," Kosmina said when asked which of the two teams was better on paper.
"If you look at the football we played in the second half, we weren't relying on the individual stuff. We rely on the combination stuff - footballing-wise we're great.
"We showed a bit of character - a lot of character actually because we had a lot of young players in the team.
"There's little units within the group that are starting to perform, and perform more consistently."
Vidosic had a huge impact again for the Reds, helping his side boss the midfield in the second 45 minutes and continuing his resurgence since Kosmina's appointment.
He agrees with his coach that if the Reds do manage to glue together a full-game performance, they are capable of making the finals and causing problems for any team in the league.
"We were brilliant for the whole 45 minutes, and if we can put it together for 90, I don't think there's any team in the league that can stop us," Vidosic said.