Not content with a 13 point lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League, Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica has declared his side can do even better ahead of Saturday’s home #SydneyDerby at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 5pm AEDT).
The Sky Blues have won as many games at this stage of the season as the record-breaking 2016/17 squad had by Round 18, and Corica has eyes on extending that margin and wrapping up the Hyundai A-League Premiership as soon as possible, with victory in the derby the first step.
“We know where we are and we know how many points we are in front but we want to extend that as much as possible,” Corica said.
“There’s a lot of games coming in April and the sooner we can try and wrap up the Premiership the better. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to keep picking up three points along the way and we start again on Saturday.
“The boys are breaking records as we go along now. The boys are doing a good job and we want that to continue, we don’t want to rest on our laurels and think it’s over because it’s not.
“There’s a lot of good teams chasing us and we have to be ready for what’s to come.
“I still think we can be better, there’s games where we’ve won but we weren’t at our best, but that’s a great sign of a good club,” he continued.
“I still believe we can get better, we spoke a couple of weeks ago about our defence and since then we’ve had two clean sheets.
“We want to play good attacking football, score goals and win games and not concede. There’s always room for improvement.”
Corica said he was expecting minor changes from new Wanderers Head Coach Jean-Paul de Marigny, a former team mate of his from his time at Marconi Stallions in the NSL.
“I’m looking forward to it, I played with JP at Marconi, he’s a real fighter and good competitor and he’ll have them fired up,” he said.
“The last game he was in charge they went to a back five and they’ve continued with that, they got a new player in last week and he scored as well, I’m sure JP has tweaked a few little things.
“We’ve watched the game, we know what we want to do to stop them scoring and how we want to play against them.
“We’re looking forward to it, it’s a great derby game and to play at Jubilee, it’ll be a sold out affair and we’re looking forward to it.
“I think the derby is always a great game, everyone is up for that. It’s a physical game,” he continued.
“We remember that game [Round 3], that was probably one of our best games we’ve played with the ball, disappointed with the loss and it still hurts but that was a long time ago.
“We’ve been on a great run since then so our main focus is get the three points and move further forward.”
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