Sydney FC midfielder Alexander Baumjohann has praised the insense rivalry Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have created over the years with the #BigBlue.
The 32-year old is set to play in his first version of the clash as well as his first game at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, and says it’s one his anticipating highly.
“It’s a big rivalry, maybe the biggest in Australia,” Baumjohann said.
“Sydney FC and [Melbourne] Victory are the two of the biggest clubs in Australia and with so many trophies between the two it should be a good game.
“It’s my first time at [Netstrata] Jubilee [Stadium] and I am excited to play there, especially in these circumstances.”
Form is leaning towards a Sky Blues win, and Baumjohann says the team has been linking together well in recent weeks.
“Every game we’ve been improving and getting better so I’m very confident we can do the same this weekend and get the win.
“We’ve started really well in the season and they [Victory] haven’t started as good but it’s always dangerous going into big games like this because anything can happen.
“They’re a bit under pressure for this season so we’ll need to use this and perform like we have been and we should get the result.”
The German born midfielder is preparing for the clash the same as any other, even with the side fresh off the bye weekend.
“It’s good to have a week off because we’re coming back with a bit of rest, so much more energy and also worked on a bunch of other stuff to help us improve.”
“[After the week off] we still did a bit of training and had a few rest days which I felt we deserved,” he said.
“Even now, we still have enough time to get prepared for the game and it should be really exciting.”
Sydney FC return to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in a #BigBlue double-header on Sunday 17 November (W-League kick off 4pm AEDT, A-League kick off 6:30pm AEDT).
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