Steve Corica says Sydney FC are locked and loaded for Tuesday night’s glamour friendly with Paris Saint-Germain and beyond, revealing the club’s transfer business is ‘pretty much done’.
Corica has led a sensational summer of recruitment for the Hyundai A-League Champions, adding Kosta Barbarouses, Alexander Baumjohann and Luke Brattan to the club’s 2019/20 roster.
The big-name trio have arrived from league rivals Melbourne Victory, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City respectively, while Australian international defender Ryan McGowan has also been acquired.
“We’ve got maybe one more player but at the moment I’m quite happy with what we’ve got,” Corica said on Monday, ahead of Tuesday evening’s clash with PSG.
“And I’m going to wait a little while now just to see how we go in pre-season and we’ll see after that.
“Otherwise we’ll wait until January to freshen up the squad.”
Corica has backed the Sky Blues to show their quality in front of a global audience against Ligue 1 champions PSG, who boast one of the most expensively assembled rosters in world football, headlined by World Cup-winning French prodigy Kylian Mbappe.
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And although illness has swept through the Sydney squad following their arrival in China on Saturday night, Corica expects nothing less than his side to seize the moment to put Australian football on the map.
.@SydneyFC striker @KostaBarb7 reveals he's met @neymarjr once before ahead of Tuesday's clash against @PSG_English while he also updates on a number of players who are in doubt with sickness for the showpiece match.#SydneyIsSkyBlue #ComeWithUs #SYDvPSG pic.twitter.com/CBuSoJRAZ6
— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) July 28, 2019
“This is a great challenge for our boys, and it’s an opportunity for them to show what Australian football is like and how good a player they really are,” he said.
“We want to put on a very good performance for Australian football.”
Captain Alex Wilkinson, midfielder Brandon O’Neill, defenders Michael Zullo and Patrick Flottmann have been unable to train due to the bug and are unlikely to take part.
Goalkeeper Tom Heward-Belle who has also been sick is expected to be on the bench.
Paris Saint-Germain v Sydney FC
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Venue: Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, China
Kick off: 10:00pm AEST
Watch: Live on beIN SPORTS 1