Sydney FC Head Coach Frank Farina says Saturday’s clash against the Victory at AAMI Park (kick off 7:45pm) will be a huge test for the Sky Blues as they look to push for a finals spot with three games remaining.
Sydney FC Head Coach Frank Farina says Saturday-s clash against the Victory at AAMI Park (kick off 7:45pm) will be a huge test for the Sky Blues as they look to push for a finals spot with three games remaining.
Having beaten the Victory twice already this season Sydney FC will be looking to do the treble over Melbourne, a first for either side, however Farina said he wouldn-t dwell on past results even though the Victory have only registered two wins in our previous nine encounters.
“They [Victory] bounced back quite well in recent weeks with the ACL (Asian Champions League) and in the league,” Farina said.
“I think they are going into the game with a lot of form and no ACL games this week so it will be a difficult match. I-m expecting a huge test.
“Previous results don-t really count for anything, psychologically maybe, but they-ll be fired up particularly after we beat them down there last time.
“So I-m expecting a very difficult match.”
Farina hinted that there will be changes coming off the back of last week-s match in Adelaide and stated his friendship with Victory Head Coach Kevin Muscat labelling him as just like every other coach in the league.
“We-ll possibly change little details,” said Farina.
“We-ve analysed both previous games against the Victory and we-ll most probably go in there and try and emulate what we achieved playing wise in that last game [when we defeated the Victory 5-0].
“I-ve known Kevin for quite a long time working with the national team obviously. He-s had a very good start to his coaching career but it-s no real different from any other coach you come up against.
“I know there is a healthy respect there from my side and from Kevin-s so hopefully I can get one up on him.”
BATTLE FOR THE FINALS AWAITS - With two home games remaining, the battle for finals football is well and truly on for the Sky Blues. First to visit Allianz Stadium is the Wellington Phoenix with Sydney FC-s last minute winner in the previous encounter still fresh in the memory. A week later Perth Glory will visit in what will be a season defining game for the Sky Blues - will finals football beckon? Be at Allianz Stadium to see it all unfold.
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