With the Hyundai A-League season coming to a close, we caught up with Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque to look back at the season and what’s in store for the AFC Champions League.
What positives do you take away from the 2015/16 season?
I think having the Champions League and the way we’re travelling in that is a real positive. The season was a tough one to take, there was a lot of what could have been and we had too many draws in the end some of which should have been wins, but if anything we can learn from it heading into next season. Hopefully we can finish the Champions League off well, get through to the next round for starters and progress again into the quarters and then look forward to coming in to next season a lot better than what we did this season and also with something to play for.
What moments stand out as memorable from this season?
The Wanderers games are always special, the fact we haven’t lost against them in two years is good for our fans and us. The wins against them were stand out moments for us this year. One that I didn’t play in but just as proud to see the boys and how they played, was the game against Guangzhou Evergrande. I think that was a fantastic game, great win and it’s set us on a good path in the Champions League.
Which of the players have impressed you the most this season?
I think Ninko was fantastic for us this year, I’ve really loved watching him play. Technically he’s such a great player, the way he knows what’s around him, it’s impossible to get the ball off him. I think when he came in to that number 10 position he was fantastic. Matt Jurman is another one, this year he’s taken his game to a new level. He’s played almost every game and been a rock for us this year.
How has the support been this season?
It’s been good, coming back last year I noticed how things had changed and how good the support was. This year the results probably weren’t there as much as we would have liked but the fans continued to back us and thankfully we were able to, in a small way, repay them in that last match of the season and with what we’re doing in the Champions League. To have that many Members is great, hopefully that number keeps growing.
How’s the recovery coming along?
It’s going alright, still very slow. I had surgery three weeks ago so it’s still in the very early stages but I should start running again next week and get on that slow path back to fitness and back to football. I’ll be right again for pre-season and on day one I want to be ready and hopefully this won’t happen again.
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