Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold said he’s looking to create history at the Sky Blues with only two games remaining in the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 regular season.
The Sky Blues take on the Newcastle Jets tonight at Hunter Stadium (kick off 7:30pm) in what Arnold described as a tough match away from home as he discussed the goals he set his squad at the start of the season.
“We’re just looking at what we want to do and that is create history at this club,” he said.
“I gave them three goals to set, in terms of points, goals for and goals against and clean sheets.
“Where we then end up is in our hands. If we can achieve our goals we’ll be there or about and one of our main goals at the start of the season was to qualify for Asian Champions League.
“For us tonight they [Newcastle] are at home, they haven’t had too many great results at home and we’ve got to make sure we’re up for one of the toughest games of the season.
“All we can do is worry about ourselves and concentrate on where we’re at at the moment, and make sure our performances are good and we achieve our goals.”
Arnold said he’ll have almost a full squad to choose from tonight as he praised the manner with which the players have conducted themselves following the season that they’ve had.
“We’ve nearly got all hands on deck so it’s a good way to be at the moment,” he said.
“If you’ve seen the way the boys have trained this week and especially the last few weeks I believe we’ve taken our game to another level, our performances in games have shown that.
“At the moment the players are really mentally fresh for this time of the season and they’re looking forward to the business end of the season.
“I’m very proud of this group of players,” he continued.
“We’ve had a tough year with a bad six weeks where we lost four players with long term injuries and we had to get through that period before we could rebuild in January, we’ve rebuilt nearly totally in January to get to where we are today.
“The fact we are where we are today and knocking on the door is a great testament to the players.”
Sydney FC take on the Newcastle Jets tonight at Hunter Stadium (kick off 7:45pm) in the penultimate game of the regular season. Follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for LIVE match updates or catch the game on SBS ONE and Fox Sports 4.
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