The Opposition - Melbourne Heart

Sydney FC had a chat with Michael Lynch from The Age to get the inside scoop on this weeks opponents, Melbourne Heart.

Sydney FC had a chat with Michael Lynch from The Age to get the inside scoop on this weeks opponents, Melbourne Heart.

The Heart have secured two points from their last two matches, how much confidence have these results given the squad?

The players, coaching staff, in fact the entire club has taken plenty of confidence from the fightback against Adelaide and the backs to the wall draw with West Sydney last weekend.

Harry Kewell made his much awaited return last weekend, how much of an impact does he have on the playing group & how much game time do you expect him to get this weekend?

Kewell is one of the best players Australia has ever produced - in fact some would argue the best - so its obvious that if fit and able to play he would have a big influence over the playing group. His 20 minute cameo in Parramatta showed he has the class and skills to influence a game, whether he starts or comes in off the bench.

Both Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart have been labelled as 'one man teams' due to the supposed reliance on Alessandro Del Piero and Harry Kewell respectively, how fair is this assertion?

No man is an island, and no team is a one player outfit. (Well, the Argentina whom Diego Maradona somehow led to a World Cup triumph in 1986 might be the exception). Del Piero and Kewell are both hugely influential players, but both clubs have got results or played well without them.

Andrea Migliorini has captured the headlines with three goals in the past three weeks, who else has performed well for Melbourne this season?

Migliorini's consistency has been rewarded with an injury replacement contract extension. David Williams has looked lively for the red and whites while Andrew Redmayne in goal has done well. Patrick Kisnorbo brings toughness and experience to the defence, Mass Murdocca works for 90 minutes and Rob Wielaert is another experienced hand at the back.

Sydney won the round 6 clash between the sides rather comfortably, will Melbourne be using that loss as motivation?

Heart was very poor that night so the memory of their own abject effort that evening should be motivation enough, never mind the scoreline.

Melbourne Heart have had a sever case of travel sickness recently, with only a solitary away win over the past two seasons, why is this and how do they overcome it?

Simply haven't been good enough on occasions, but at other times there has been a mental block about playing away and being in winning positions. A win could change a lot of things.

How do you see the match being played and what result are you predicting?

Sydney should be making the running in front of their own fans. Heart will try to keep it tight and hit them on the break. Can't see Heart breaking their away duck, but they might cling on for a draw.

Any views displayed in this article are those of the interviewee and do not represent those of Sydney FC.

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