Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold dispelled any suggestion of Saturday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur being taken lightly, as he vowed he’ll chase victory at ANZ Stadium.
The Sky Blues face the Capital One Cup Finalists in a one-off football classic and Arnold said he’s excited by the prospect of comparing the Hyundai A-League to the English Premier League with both teams boasting near full strength squads.
“It’s our obligation to give our best performance,” Arnold said.
“We’re representing Australia, we’re representing the A-League, Tottenham are doing the same and every time I send a team on the field it’s about winning, we don’t go out to lose.
“I grew up watching Tottenham play, it’s a wonderful opportunity for us on Saturday night to test ourselves against an English Premier League team that came fifth this season.
“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the A-League worldwide, I’m very excited by the occasion and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’ll be a great match,” he continued.
“It’ll be a reality of where the A-League is at and what better way to finish the season than with two games against World Class opposition.”
Sky Blues defender Sebastian Ryall, set to come up against PFA Young Footballer of the Year Harry Kane, echoed his coaches sentiments as he said the squad will have to be at their best to contain the attacking threats Tottenham possess.
“I grew up in Sydney and for the A-League to come this far and to attract clubs like Tottenham Hotspur now is fantastic,” Ryall said.
“It’s going to be a tough game for us but we welcome it and we’re looking forward to it. Football is a team game so we have to play as a team but we’re very much aware of the quality of the Tottenham squad.
“We pride ourselves on our defence so it’s something we work on but it’s going to be a tough challenge and we’ll have to be at our best.”
Sydney FC take on Tottenham Hotspur in a football classic at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 30 May (kick off 8pm). Follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for match updates or catch the game live on Channel Seven.
Sydney FC take on English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in a football classic at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 30 May. Purchase your tickets today for this not to be missed football event!