As the FIFA World Cup continues in Qatar, Sydney FC Men’s squad are still working hard in training despite the three week break in competitive action.
For Head Coach Steve Corica, after a brave and strong performance against Celtic, he is pleased with their efforts overall.
“I thought the performance that the boys put in against Celtic was phenomenal. We took it to a team that is champions of Scotland and had only lost one game so far this season and I believe that we deserved the win” he said.
“The challenge for us now, is transporting that performance into our A-League matches which I know we can do.”
During this three week break from the competition, it has allowed given the squad time to freshen up but also work hard toward the restart.
“The overall vibe around the camp has been really good for this first week of the break. Of course the boys are loving having the World Cup on and you can see the mood around the place is really positive.
“It has been a good refresher, allowing us to focus on what we need to as we move into the new year and the remaining matches of the season” Corica added.
As a bonus for Sydney FC fans, this break has allowed a few players to recover from injury ahead of the return against current leaders Melbourne City.
“During this period we have seen good progress from Jack [Rodwell] and Alfie [Adam Le Fondre], and both are expected to return for the City match on the 10th.”
There was also positive news for Alex Wilkinson who underwent surgery on his groin and has begun rehab running and is progressing on schedule for his return in the new year.
“Overall the squad is going well and I am really pleased with the intensity that we are showing in our training sessions during this period” Corica concluded.