Swiss love for Sydney

Sydney FC defender Stephan Keller has opened up about his love for the city of Sydney and his football club.

Sydney FC defender Stephan Keller has opened up about his love for the city of Sydney and his football club.

After one season with the Sky Blues, Keller extended his initial one year contract after realising the great Sydney lifestyle suited his family.

“When I came here the club offered me a two year deal but when you are travelling around the work with your family it is hard to pick whether they will like the place or not,-- he said.

“After two and a half months here we realised how much we liked it and I extended my stay.

“Sydney had a very good lifestyle, has a lot of good education and is a safe place in the world so it is a privilege to live in the Sydney area.

“In terms of the club, I like it cause of the high professional standard it has, the coaching staff are very good and the group of boys have a lot of character.--

Keller will marshal the defence with a new partner after the loss of influential Socceroo Simon Colosimo.

The Swiss defender says there are several options coach Viteslav Lavicka can take into the next A-League season.

“I think Simon-s experience is replaced with Hayden Foxe in the middle of defence and we also have two young players like Anthony Golec and Sebastian Ryall,-- he said.

“Anthony may have an advantage as he is left footed, but Sebastian is also a very good player having won a competition with the Melbourne Victory before and captaining the Young Socceroos.

“So I don-t see it being a problem.--

Sydney FC fans are now awaiting the challenge of English Premier League giants Everton next Saturday with many predicting a positive score for the home team.

But Keller says the game will be treated as preparation for the A-League season and nothing more.

“It is great for people to get excited about the game but for us it is a friendly to get us prepared for the season,-- he said.

“Whether we win or not it is a test prior to the season. I can say it is not as important as our first game against the Melbourne Victory or our last game of the season against the Melbourne Heart.

“We took our game against Marconi this week serious as much as we will with Everton.

“But it is good to see a big name come to Australia.”