Sydney FC midfielder Christopher Naumoff says a partisan 12,000 home crowd won’t distract him or his youth league teammates as they prepare to face Vietnam under 21’s in the semi-final of the Thanhnien Newspaper Cup this evening.
Sydney FC midfielder Christopher Naumoff says a partisan 12,000 home crowd won-t distract him or his youth league teammates as they prepare to face Vietnam under 21-s in the semi-final of the Thanhnien Newspaper Cup this evening.
The 17 year old, who has scored in both of Sydney-s games so far in Vietnam, believes the squad has the temperament to handle the pressure.
“I don-t think it-ll bother the boys at all to be honest, I think they-ll just be excited to play in front such a big crowd and I think it-ll push them to get a result,” he said.
“We-re looking forward to the match and for most of these boys it will be one of biggest games that they-ve played in.”
Head Coach Brian Dene knows his team face a tough task against the tournament hosts but is confident his tactics will work.
“I think the hardest match of this tournament will be tonight. Vietnam are a great side. I-ve watched them twice now but we have a game plan that we think we can win tonight so hopefully that goes to plan and we get through to the final,” said Dene.
“There will be a big crowd. A lot of people at the tournament dinner last night are expecting good things from Sydney tonight and are very supportive of what we-ve done over here.”
Sydney FC will have live updates from the game on twitter.com/sydneyfc which kicks off at 2200 AEDT.
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