Arnold craves history at Sydney FC

After masterminding Sunday’s win over Perth Glory, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold acknowledged his side’s Premiers’ Plate success, however suggested “history” is what really drives the Sky Blues.

Arnold spoke at length about the mind-set of his players, explaining how the Premiers’ Plate was just the first objective on this season’s to-do list.

The Sky Blues were handed the title on Saturday night after Melbourne Victory’s loss to Brisbane Roar meant they wouldn’t mathematically catch the league leaders.

“Last night was obviously a wonderful achievement by the players, the staff and the club to win the premiership with four rounds to go,” Arnold explained.

“At the start of the season we set some goals, the first goal was the premiership. History. We’ve now made history with 59 points in a 10-team competition.

“Wanderers went for 57, we’re on 59 and we’ve got three games to go. Brisbane Roar in an 11-team competition got 65, so we’ll chase that.”

When asked if being called the “greatest team ever” added pressure, Arnold’s answer was defiant.

“No, we embrace it – it’s much better than being called the worst team ever. It’s a wonderful achievement guys, c’mon – 59 points in 24 games,” he explained.

“Maximum you can get is 81. I think we are now level on the most wins ever in the history of Australian football with 18 wins. 

“We’ve got the most clean sheets ever and we are striving every week to break more records and that’s motivation until the finals series.”

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe conceded it wasn’t his team’s night, suggesting the flat performance was down to a variety of factors.

“We’ve got lads playing out of position in certain areas and we’ve got people in the team who haven’t played too many games,” he said.

“They get the upper hand – they score a goal from a set play and then they score from another mistake, so sometimes that affects people.”

For Graham Arnold, however, the hard work starts now as the focus begins to narrow on the finals.

Maintaining motivation levels won’t be an issue for the final month of the regular season according to the ex-Central Coast Mariners coach.

“When you got a leader like Alex Brosque out there there will be no chance anyone drops off. If anyone does, we’ve got a strong bench.

“You saw what came on, so if someone drops off on the pitch and think they can take the foot off the pedal they’ll find themselves on the bench pretty quickly.

“Every player wants to play the big games at the end of the season, but some will have to miss out.”

So the Sky Blues are steam training towards the finals, where it is becoming increasingly apparent that nothing less than a record-breaking campaign will do.

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