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Dec 01, 2023   |  3:05PM AET

Time to be the protagonist – Anthony Caceres

Time to be the protagonist – Anthony Caceres

Anthony Caceres is under no illusion that the standard expected of Sydney FC has not been met in recent weeks.

Having lost out to their bitter rivals last weekend, the talented midfielder will be looking to spur on his side to victory and show the players and fans what he and his team-mates are capable of for the visit of Perth Glory this Saturday.

As for how they do that, Caceres has hinted it is about being on the front foot.

Caceres celebrates with Fabio after he scored his debut league goal

“A club like this demands an exciting style of play and that is what we are trying to achieve.

“It’s about getting fitter and more conditioned and us having the confidence to execute that,” Caceres said.

“We are trying to be the protagonist in games and we are enthusiastic about the way we’re trying to play.”

The 31 year old has been with the Sky Blues for a number of years now and has seen a visible shift in the intensity of training under the watchful eye of new boss, Ufuk Talay.

“We train hard. we train most days of the week and we are training more often.

“We strive to play a game which allows us to dictate and that involves us being aggressive in our press and to achieve that, we are going to have to work very hard.

“It’s not going to happen overnight but when we do, we’re going to be able to capitalise on a lot of opportunities that present themselves,” he said.

Under Talay, Caceres has seen a shift in mentality with plenty trying to impress the boss and get minutes on the pitch.

“When a new coach comes in there is a natural increase in intensity as people want to show what they can do.

“He [Talay] drives the boys in every drill and expects the highest intensity always and that’s the only way that we are going to improve and achieve the style of play that we want to achieve,” the number 17 added.

“It’s been really thought provoking and intense and everyone’s enjoying themselves.”

Caceres in training

Now, the midfielder is also under no assumptions that the squad can turn it around and surge up the table, starting against Perth Glory this weekend.

“The only way to improve is that we all remain on board with the style of play that we want to achieve.

“We have a group that is very united. It always has been and that gives me plenty of confidence that will improve results,” he concluded.

Catch Anthony Caceres and the boys in action this Saturday at Allianz Stadium against Perth Glory.

Match Details

Sydney FC v Perth Glory
Isuzu UTE A-League Round Six
Saturday 2nd December 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 7:45pm AEDT
Gates Open: 6:45pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Bold
Tickets: Click Here