Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque and coach Graham Arnold with the champions trophy after their defeat of Melbourne Victory in a penalty shoot out in the A-League grand final in May Picture: AAP
A-LEAGUE champions Sydney FC have Norzone Premier League club Darwin Rovers in their sights.
The Sky Blues and the Rovers meet in an FFA Cup Round of 32 clash at Darwin Football Stadium on August 2 and Sydney’s head coach Graham Arnold wants to leave the Top End a winner.
“We’ll have a full strength side for the game, including our marquee players Bobo (Brazilian striker Deyvison Rogerio Da Silva) and (Milos) Ninkovic, plus (captain) Alex Brosque and (Socceroo) David Carney,’’ Arnold said.
“We take the FFA Cup very seriously. Last year it was the only trophy in the competition we didn’t win after Melbourne City beat us 1-0 in the final.’’
Arnold and the Sky Blues will arrive in Darwin the day before the Wednesday night clash, maintaining their routine of one-day preparations for every away game.
The former Socceroo player (54 internationals, 19 goals) and Australian coach is wary of a Darwin Rovers side that will take a nothing to lose philosophy into the match.
“For a lot of them it’s the highlight of their careers,’’ he said.
“In the past we’ve played against teams of a lesser quality than us but on a lot of occasions it’s not about quality, it’s about attitude.
“Those (Rovers) boys will go out highly motivated and from that comes opportunity.
“That means we’ve got to match everything they do when we get out on the park, including attitude.
“If we do that we expect to win, but we have to remember this is a fantastic occasion for teams like Darwin Rovers who never get an opportunity to play these type of games.
“It’s part-time footballers versus professional footballers and more often than not the part-timers have more passion than their professional counterparts.
“They go to work at all hours, train at night and give matches like this their very best shot, it’s what sport is all about.’’
Original Article By: Grey Morris, NT News (24/07/2017)