Competition For Places Brings Out Our Best - Chianese

Sydney FC striker Joel Chianese has said the Sky Blues winning streak is a result of the competition for places the squad faces each week.

Sydney FC striker Joel Chianese has said the Sky Blues winning streak is a result of the competition for places the squad faces each week.

With the recent signing of Serbian International Ranko Despotovic, competition for striking places is rife as Head Coach Frank Farina has more than five different players to choose from for Saturday-s clash against the Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium (kick off 7:45pm).

“We-ve got a lot of striking options,” Chianese said.

“There-s a lot of competition for spots so you have to perform week in week out to hold your spot and that brings out the best in all the players.

“There-s a little bit more pressure to perform every day, you don-t want misses in training sessions. You want to try and perform each day so the coaching staff are seeing that you are keen and want to continue on with the job.”

Chianese has goals on his mind and, after netting the last time the Sky Blues played the Jets, is hoping to repeat that feat on Saturday night.

“The main job as a striker is to score goals,” said Chianese.

“As an attacking player to score goals and set up goals, that-s the first aim.

“I-m always trying to get on the scoresheet. That-s what I enjoy doing and I put myself in the right positions so hopefully I can just be calm and put them away.”

The Sky Blues were comfortable 2-0 winners in round one against the Jets but Chianese knows Sydney FC will have to step up and improve from their last game which saw the Sky Blues clinch the three points at the death.

“In round one we really dominated that game,” Chianese said.

“They didn-t have too many attacking options or attacking chances either but they-ve definitely improved since then. They-re on fire at the moment.

“The coaching staff are making sure we-re not getting complacent. We-ve won three but we weren-t great on the weekend so we need to improve.

“But our record at home is really good. We want to make the home ground a fortress and make it hard for other teams to beat us there so hopefully we continue that.”

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