While it’s a top of the table clash at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold isn’t fazed by table positions at this early stage of the season.
As he looks to continue the Sky Blues undefeated start, Arnold said he takes each game as it comes with a focus on improving every day as he confirmed Captain Alex Brosque’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared.
“It’s too early in the season, I don’t really look at the table,” Arnold said.
“I don’t look too far ahead. It’s about every day that we come here [training] we try to get better and work hard.
“Tomorrow night is going to be a tough challenge so we’re only focussed on that.
“Alex Brosque will travel down today and have a late fitness test,” Arnold continued.
“His ankle isn’t as bad as first thought and then we’ll take it from there, I’d say he’s 50-50 at this stage. He’s done some work in the pool and he’s moving around.”
Sydney FC last played Adelaide United in the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals, losing in extra time, however Arnold has dismissed any comparison with that game as he praised the spirit within the camp.
“The mood is good, everyone’s happy when you’re winning but it’s only round four,” Arnold said.
“Everyone is talking about them being one of the favourites. We had the experience of playing against them a couple of weeks ago and hopefully we learnt from that game.
“The FFA Cup is a totally different competition, it’s a cup game, it’s all or nothing. They capitalised that night but it’s up to us tomorrow night.
“The boys are all in good spirits and they’re ready to go.”
Sydney FC face Adelaide United in round five of the Hyundai A-League on Friday night (kick off 7:45pm AEDT) as the Sky Blues look to continue their undefeated start to the season. Catch the match live on SBS 1 and Fox Sport or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for match updates.
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