While Sydney FC midfielder Luke Brattan admits the Sky Blues have a target on their backs, he’s not fazed by the added pressure ahead of Saturday’s Grand Final rematch at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 5pm AEDT).
Winning is a part of the Sky Blue way according to Brattan, as he sets his sights on wrapping up the Hyundai A-League Premiership as soon as possible.
“We know that’s just a given,” Brattan said of teams targeting the Sky Blues.
“Before I was at Sydney FC I always wanted to beat Sydney FC. Everyone wants to be a part of Sydney FC, play here, so I there’s a massive target on our back and we know that going into every game. It’s back to business as usual for us [though].
“We want to win every single game we play in, that’s the culture of the club.
“We expect if we’re on our game to beat anyone, so if we can wrap it [the Premiership] up [as soon as possible] that would be great, but that’s not our thoughts at the moments it’s just game by game.
“We know what to expect from them [Perth Glory],” he continued.
“Attacking they’re good, but defensively they’re also very strong. They play 5 at the back, they’re going to be tough to break down but we’ll work on that this week and hopefully it’s a great game.
“Knowing Poppa [Perth Head Coach Tony Popovic] he expects a lot, I know of a few of the boys as well, and I know they’ll be very hungry to bounce back.
“Everyone that comes against us plays a lot better than they usually do, everyone wants to beat us, it’s going to be a tough game but we’re confident.”
Reflecting on his time at Sydney FC so far, Brattan labelled the move as an ‘easy transition’ as he heralded the atmosphere both within the club and at their home ground Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
“It’s an easy transition when you’ve got good people around you, playing next to Busta [Rhyan Grant] has been great , Gowser [Ryan McGowan] behind me, anyone that comes in can do a job,” he said.
“It’s a great atmosphere, I love playing there [at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium], the fans are fantastic, they might not know it but they definitely help us over the line when the games are tight and tough.
“We’ll definitely need them again on the weekend.”
Sydney FC take on Perth Glory in a Grand Final rematch at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday (kick off 5pm AEDT). With a family friendly kick off time, and Macca’s Families on the Field post match, bring the whole family down for a great afternoon out.