Arnold Expecting Maximum Against Mariners


Last labelled at only 43%, Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold says he expects to see his squad performing at their maximum in Friday’s clash away against the Central Coast Mariners (kick off 7:50pm AEDT).

The Sky Blues’ boss said a deep analysis of everything the players do will pay dividends in the match at Central Coast Stadium, as he said he’s expecting nothing less than three points come full time.

“I look forward to watching this wonderful team play tomorrow night and performing at the maximum of their ability,” Arnold said.

“We’re only functioning on 43% at the moment and there’s a lot of improvement in each individual and the team.

“We don’t do anything other than prepare ourselves ready for the game and go into every game expecting to win.

“We’ve spoken about increasing all of our one percenters and making sure that we’re in a position to perform at that level and I expect that to happen.

“It’s about improvement in everything we do. We analyse every aspect of our own performance.

“I know that we’ve had a great week at training, we’re very confident in what we’re doing but we also know we’ve got so much more to give.

“We’ve recovered well from the game last week, I’ve got everyone set to go and we expect to win tomorrow.”

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Arnold was coy on whether marquee Adrian Mierzejewski would start, although he is included in the travelling squad, as he said there wasn’t an immediate need to change his winning squad for the encounter in Gosford.

“He [Adrian] is in the 17 man squad,” Arnold said.

“What’s important for us is that he gets right and he’s ready to play every minute of every game. It’s not about him coming in with a cameo performance, we want him to be able to play 90 minutes every game and we expect that will occur very soon.

“I’ve always been someone who’s reluctant to change a winning team,” he continued.

“We’ve got a lot of healthy players and competition for places and depth is what’s important here and performance is the crucial indicator, performance is the indicator if you play.

“Everyone has been performing a little bit under their level but we expect that tomorrow everyone will step up and put on a fantastic performance.

“What drives me every day is to win. It’s all about winning and it’s all about winning tomorrow night.”

Sydney FC travel to face the Central Coast Mariners on Friday night at Central Coast Stadium (kick off 7:50pm AEDT). Catch the match live on Fox Sports 501 or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for updates.


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