Hristodoulou Eyeing Home Semi-Final

Sydney FC star Angelique Hristodoulou said the Sky Blues will be all guns blazing to claim the three points on Saturday with a home Semi-Final on the line against Melbourne.

The Sky Blues are just one point away from securing a home clash in the Finals Series, but Hristodoulou assures they’re not just playing for the draw against Melbourne Victory this weekend.

“I always play for the win. I don’t think we’ll happy with a draw. We want the three points,” she said.

“It’s a big one for us in the context of our season, obviously we want to play for a home semi-final. I have faith that we can do a job because we’ve been working hard all season.

“We are in pretty good form despite the loss on the weekend, I don’t think that reflects on how well we can play,” Hristodoulou added.

Young gun Hristodoulou has played a pivotal role for the Sky Blues this season, missing just five out of 990 minutes of football, and the 18-year-old defender has started every game for the Sky Blues.

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Hristodoulou in action for the Sky Blues.

Hristodoulou has managed two assists from the back as well as keeping seven clean sheets and says the positive turnaround from last year came from hard work and persistence.

“I’ll never die wondering, I wear my heart of my sleeve, defend until I die for my teammates and just give it everything I’ve got for the full 90 minutes,” she said.

“I offer high work ethic, my desire and my commitment to the team.

“During the off-season I worked really hard on my game. I was a part of the junior Matildas program as well, so I was training along with some quality players there too.

“I was working on things more individually on things that I needed to work specifically,” she added.

The Sydney local also praised the relationship her teammates have on and off the pitch, and said she’s humbled to play for such a great club.

“I’m very honoured to be able to play almost every minute this season. I’m grateful that Ante has given me the opportunity and I’m loving playing here,” Hristodoulou said.

“Off the field we’re such a close group of girls, we all get along and I think that reflects the way we get along on the field.

“We have good cohesion, we play for each other which has definitely made a big difference in results this season.

“I’m trying to learn as much as I can off the other girls to improve my performances week in, week out and that’s not just at training but game days as well.”

Sydney FC are back in action away from home against Melbourne Victory this Saturday 29th February (kick off 5pm). Watch on Fox Sports Channel 505, on the ‘My Football Live’ app or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for live updates from the clash.