While Rhyan Grant believes the Wanderers have improved from last season, the versatile Sky Blues defender is quietly confident Sydney FC can continue their undefeated record against their cross-town rivals in the Sydney Derby on Saturday night.
Grant said there was even more to come from the Sky Blues, following a comfortable win at the weekend against the Jets, as he reflected positively on the week leading up to the match.
“Last year the Wanderers had a bit of a quiet season and we were doing quite well which had a bit to do with it [the record],” Grant said.
“It’s a big derby and form doesn’t really come into it. Anyone on the day can get the win but we’re pretty confident.
“I think we played quite well on the weekend but I still think we have a few more gears we can click in to if we really need to,” he continued.
“I think we controlled the game on the weekend and against the Wanderers we’re going to have to be on our toes but this week, the way training has been, I think we’re quietly confident we can do the job.
“Everyone is always looking forward to it. It’s just about embracing it and enjoying the week and rolling with it.
“It’s been good, it’s been really hot, training has been well and the boys are pretty keen as everyone is for the Derby.”
With Ali Abbas returning to the fold, Grant said he’s confident the Iraqi will take the match in his stride as Grant said he’s happy to play anywhere on the pitch following a defensive shuffle in recent weeks.
“He [Abbas] is really pumped, I think no matter who we play he’s just happy to be back playing,” Grant said.
“He’s really excited for it so I don’t think it’s going to be too big of an occasion it’ll just be another game for him. The way he’s prepared and come back I think he’ll be ready to go.
“I think we’re doing quite well at the back,” he continued.
“We’ve had a few changes recently with young Alex going away but we’re still quite solid and keeping the ball out of the back of the net which is the main goal.
“I’m right footed so I’m probably best suited on the right but I’m happy at left back and I feel like I can do a job there. It doesn’t really faze me and as long as Arnie has the confidence in me I’m happy to play there, anywhere on the field really.”
Sydney FC take on Western Sydney Wanderers in the second Sydney Derby of the season at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday (kick of 7:30pm). Catch the match live on Fox Sports 4, listen live on ABC Grandstand or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for updates.