Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque is expecting a fast paced, attacking game when the Sky Blues host the Melbourne Victory on Valentine’s Day, five years on from Sydney FC’s Premiership triumph at the same venue.
Brosque, a member of that Premiership winning squad, said he expects Saturday to be no different from the previous two encounters between the two sides which has seen six goals scored and the points shared on both occasions.
“The first game against them at home when we drew nil all was a very attacking game,” he said.
“There were a lot of chances. It’s the just the way the two teams like to play, Melbourne is very attacking and we like to get forward and score goals as well and I think it will be exactly the same as tomorrow.
“We had a good result against Central Coast and backed up by another good result against Perth and we need to keep that momentum going,” he continued.
“Obviously winning games brings confidence to the team and to the players and you could see that by the way we trained this week.
“We know a big win against Melbourne will go a long way to seeing where we end up this season. We’ve had a good week to rest up for tomorrows match. We’re expecting obviously a very difficult match against Melbourne but everyone is ready to go.”
In a bid to replicate the Sky Blues away form that has seen them remain undefeated so far this season, Head Coach Graham Arnold has placed the team in a hotel ahead of Saturday’s clash and Brosque has backed Arnold’s ploy to take three points at home.
“There’s obviously a lot of things you do for an away game that are different to playing at home,” Brosque said.
“For instance we’ll be staying in a hotel tonight to take that sort of mentality of an away match into tomorrow’s match.
“That’s a small way of keeping everyone focussed on what will be a very big game. We’re definitely very aware of the fact that we’ve done well away from home.
“You’ve got to do what it takes to get the best out of the squad and it’s one area we’ve realised, that we’ve been so good away from home,” he continued.
“It’s more to keep everyone together, eat at the same time and get a good night’s rest. They’re small things but very important things.”
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