Brisbane Roar’s underrated pass master

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Brisbane Roar are currently just a single goal off top spot in the A-League and they are right in the thick of the battle for their third premiership.

While Thomas Broich has been as influential as ever, racking up six assists and creating a plethora of chances, another Roar pass master has been just as important; Corona.

Miguel Angel Garcia Perez-Roldan, better known in the Hyundai A-League as Corona, signed in the offseason after almost 15 years in Spain’s top two divisions. The Spaniard has been an integral cog in John Aloisi’s first season in charge and a big reason why his smooth, flowing football has been such a success.

Despite arguably being one of the signings of the season Corona’s influence has gone under the radar. Sitting at the base of a three man midfield, generally alongside skipper Matt McKay and Dimitri Petratos, Corona dictates the tempo like a proper midfield general.

The number seven keeps his side in constant control with his passing range. He’s just as capable of a deft one-two in a tight space as he is a long range rocket to find a teammate in room on the break. Every touch and pass is clever and concise. He’s a maestro who conducts his band to perfection, making sure they don’t miss a single note. He is vital.

The numbers don’t lie either. He has created 37 chances for his side – only five other players in the league have more, one of which is Broich. He has made more passes than anyone else in the competition and does so with 80% accuracy.

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When his team is without the ball, he is effective defensively as well. He has come out a winner in three quarters of his challenges so far and has grabbed an impressive 43 interceptions for the season. While not very athletic or imposing, he is just as smart on the defensive side of things as he is with the ball at his feet. He’s shown to be influential on both sides of the ball.

In Brisbane’s dominant 4-0 victory over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night Corona put in another performance for Roar fans to savour. He also capped it off with an impressive goal, his first for the club, from outside the box. His coach said after the game he hoped that the strike would get people inspecting the Spaniard’s impressive form a little closer.

“Probably happiest for Miguel Corona because a lot of times people don’t see what he does in a football game,” Aloisi said.

“He’ll get the credit and the plaudits for his goal. It was a great strike.

“He’s a top player and he’s so important for us.

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Alongside Broich, Corona has started every single game of the Roar’s season thus far. While both have been integral parts of their club’s run towards the Hyundai A-League Premiership, it’s about time they both got the credit they deserved.

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