Sydney FC star Anthony Caceres has revealed the off-field inspiration behind his stellar performances in Sky Blue this season.
Father to baby daughter Sofia, born in October 2020, Caceres believes the support from his newborn and wife are inspiring him to new levels, including his man of the match worthy display against Western United on Wednesday night.
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“[Sofia’s birth] it brings extra motivation, another family member you want to make proud,” Caceres said.
“She comes to games, it’s special to have her there watching me play and it gives me that extra energy to want to perform and do well.
“In terms of preparations it [Sofia’s birth] has taken away a bit of sleep,” he added in jest.
“I felt really good [against Western United]. We had a short turnaround, but we did the right things during the week to prepare and the body was good to go.
“When the team is on, you lift your performances and you’re able to produce better quality football individually.
“I still feel like I have a lot more to give, I’m still looking for that goal to come, but overall I’m very happy.”
The midfielder said he’s confident of carrying Wednesday’s performance into Saturday’s home clash against the Jets at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
Caceres said the return of more Members and fans to Sydney FC games was an added motivation to perform, as he said the squad are intent on building fortress at Kogarah.
“I’m confident we can perform like that [Wednesday night] this Saturday,” he said.
“I think everyone can take a lot of confidence from that game. We’ve been doing all the right things and it clicked last night. I think that energy will carry on into the following fixtures.
“We can expect a tough game on Saturday.
“Given our recent successes teams always seem to lift against us, they try to make it hard for us to play, but if we stick to our structure and the way we play we shouldn’t have a problem getting the three points.
“It’s great playing in front of our Members and fans at home,” he continued.
“Our Members and fans have always been a big part of the success of this club. We’re looking to build a fortress at home like we’ve done in previous seasons, playing in front of them and them making noise, it brings a lot of energy to the team.
“When we pick up three points in front of our fans it makes it all the more better.”
Sydney FC are back in A-League action at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday against the Newcastle Jets. Book your tickets now and secure your seats as our manic March of fixtures continues.