Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold has declared the Sky Blues have been the best team in the competition since the turn of the year as they prepare for their final regular season clash against the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday (kick off 3pm AEST).
Arnold said he’s set his sights on catching Melbourne Victory and their superior goal difference with the Sky Blues needing to turn around a seven goal margin to clinch the Premiers Plate on the final day.
“If I look at the calculations and statistics since January one, we are by far the best team in the league,” Arnold said.
“Since January one, we’ve scored 35 goals, conceded 19 and we’ve got 29 points and that’s 7 or 8 more than Melbourne Victory so our form has been very good since January and that’s all we can do is try and maintain that form.
“Tough game this week against Wellington, but for me always Wellington has been a good trip and we’re looking forward to the trip,” he continued.
“At the moment there is a seven goal difference and I’ll be challenging our boys, if we go to Wellington and take all our chances, you never know what could happen, and suddenly if we get the right result then all the pressure is on Melbourne Victory.
“I never look at what’s behind us, I only look at what’s in front of us and that’s Melbourne Victory and we’re going to try and catch them on the weekend.”
Casting his eyes over the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season, Arnold said he was proud of the way his squad have conducted themselves as he reflected fondly on the records his Sky Blues have set during his first year at the club.
“The boys have done exceptionally well and I couldn’t be happier with them,” Arnold said.
“We’ve already broken records at the club this year, we’ve broken A-League records with our away form and we’ve just got to try and keep going forward and creating history at this club.
“History is there to be broken [on Sunday] as well,” he continued.
“For me, I’ve got that much confidence in this team that if things don’t go well on Sunday that we’re good enough to win three games in a row against anybody so that doesn’t bother me.
“It’s about this week, going out and performing and showing that we’re consistent and got the qualities.
If we can get through this period of hard three away games in our last three games, we’re going to be battle hardened for the finals series.”
Sydney FC travel to face the Wellington Phoenix in the final game of the regular season at Westpac Stadium on Sunday (kick off 3pm AEST). Follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for live match updates or catch the game on Fox Sports 4.
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