A quick glance at the A-League table suggests runaway leaders Brisbane Roar are well on track for a third championship.
However, German import Thomas Broich believes the next two weeks will provide a true gauge of their title chances.
Brisbane are five points clear of Western Sydney Wanderers on top of the ladder with a game in hand after overcoming in-form Wellington 2-1 last round despite being without star striker Besart Berisha (suspension), Socceroos midfielder Matt McKay (ankle) and Ivan Franjic (stomach strain).
The Roar faithful have already dared to dream of another title.
However, Broich said he would only start rating his side as a title threat if they emerged triumphant from their next two games – Sunday’s home clash with defending champions Central Coast and a February 7 away showdown with the Wanderers.
“We will just wait and see how we perform in those two games and see where we are sitting on the table after that,” he said.
“If we get through that alright we will know if we are a big chance of actually going for the title.”
Broich was wary of Central Coast after they sealed back-to-back wins with their 3-0 last round hammering of Newcastle.
“It is not easy after winning the championship to be a top side again,” he said.
“They have lost some players and had a change in coach too. It seems now that they have adapted to those changes and are real title contenders again.
“We have to be real careful.”
Brisbane’s depth continued to amaze when teenager Devante Clut became the latest to roll off the seemingly never-ending Roar production line against a plucky Wellington.
Clut ensured a dream A-League debut when his stunning early second-half strike levelled the scores before Luke Brattan’s late wonder goal iced the result.
It gave a timely glimpse of life after Berisha, who announced last week that he would link with Melbourne Victory at season’s end.
“That’s one thing we have been able to do well. We have had quite a few injuries this season but it doesn’t matter who is on the pitch – the young ones are stepping up and doing a great job,” Broich said.