Sydney counts-down to Coast clash

It’s a new-look Sydney FC side under Vitezslav Lavicka this season but an old battle will resume on Saturday afternoon when the Sky Blues and Central Coast Mariners face off for the first time in 2009/10 in a highly-anticipated Hyundai A-League clash at Bluetongue Stadium.


It-s a new-look Sydney FC side under Vitezslav Lavicka this season but an old battle will resume on Saturday afternoon when the Sky Blues and Central Coast Mariners face off for the first time in 2009/10 in a highly-anticipated Hyundai A-League clash at Bluetongue Stadium.

“It-s a tough game for us,” said Sydney FC-s coach after today-s final training session at Macquarie University. “Central Coast had a good start for the season, they won away (Melbourne) and a draw (against Newcastle).”

“Attacking set pieces they have very tall players and they are dangerous, good strikers. They have very good team spirit as well.”

“I think coming into this game against the Mariners there-s no team that wants to beat us more,” added Sydney attacker, Alex Brosque. “They-re always hard games, they-re always tough against them, but I think with that little bit of pressure that we-ve got I think we-re capable of getting another three points and continuing the run that we-ve had.”

Sydney-s Czech mentor may be in his first season with the Sky Blues but he-s familiar with the fierce rivalry that exists between his side and the Central Coast and expects another chapter to be written tomorrow in Gosford.

“Similar I think so,” said Lavicka. “The last games it was big rivals and interesting games, we expect the same.”

Sydney FC will be out to maintain its perfect start to the season on Saturday after first-up wins against North Queensland and Adelaide. Despite the good start, the coach believes the best is yet to come.

“We have still many things to improve,” he explained. “They (the players) have good attitude to be better and better.”

“In this moment every players are able to play. Very difficult for us (to) decide which player will play but that-s professional football. The players know it and work very hard. This is good for the team.”

With the last five clashes between Sydney and the Mariners yielding a stunning 28 goals and a string of close finishes, a highly entertaining clash is expected when the two sides meet tomorrow at Bluetongue Stadium. The game kicks-off at 3pm.