Head Coach Graham Arnold says the Sky Blues are living up to their reputation as entertainers after a remarkable run of form which has seen the club score 25 goals in seven games.
Sydney FC can go top of the Hyundai A-League outright for the first time in five years on Friday night with a home win over Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium (kick off 7.40pm) and Arnold believes supporter backing will be crucial.
“We’re hoping for a big crowd on Friday night to come and support us,” he said. “It’s our second last home game at Allianz [Stadium] this year, we’ve played some great football, entertaining and scoring a lot of goals so hopefully it’s a good crowd.”
However with six games left to go and a Premiers’ Plate on the horizon, Arnold isn’t getting carried away with talk of trophies just yet.
“It’s not something we’re looking at to be top place. It’s always a great achievement but we’re looking at just reaching our goals,” he continued.
“We reset our goals last week, the players know what the goals are for the rest of the season and if we can achieve that hopefully we’ll be up there or thereabouts.
“We’re just focusing on Melbourne City on Friday night and putting on another entertaining, good performance in front of our home crowd.”
The club can set two new club records this weekend when they face City with the chance to go 10 consecutive games unbeaten, plus the total goals tally for a season of 41 in sight with the club currently sitting on 40.
Nevertheless there is only one goal in mind for the former Socceroos boss.
“Our goal was to win the title back in July when we started….nothing changes,” he said.
“Newcastle and [Central Coast] Mariners’ goal at the start of the year was to win the league as well. It’s what we all set out for.
“There’s a lot of things that happen long the way and there will be a lot of twists and turns that will happen between now and the end of the season.”
Sydney FC striker Marc Janko has 12 goals in his last seven games and can increase the Hyundai A-League record he holds of scoring in seven consecutive games with a strike on Friday night. He is top of the Hyundai A-League charts on 16 goals and is three goals from reaching the record mark for the league of 19 set by Besart Berisha.
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