With the FFA Cup decider approaching Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has taken time to credit Australia’s major footballing body for their efforts in bringing the competition together.

The Sky Blues take on Adelaide United tonight at Allianz Stadium, where the hosts will be looking to secure their first FFA Cup, something that proved elusive last season.

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Having beaten three NPL sides on their way to the final “Arnie” was full of praise for the controlling body.

“I think the FFA need to be congratulated on this trophy a lot, 720 teams are in this competition,” said Arnold.

“It gives the teams the opportunity to showcase their skills and we’ve seen some of the NPL players get picked up by A-League clubs because of it.

“It’s a great competition that we as a club have taken seriously since day one, so to get to the final two is a great achievement.”

The stalwart coach was beaming during his interview, seemingly filled with confidence of his side’s ability to get the job done.

“We’re at our fortress, fortress Allianz, which is where we feel very comfortable. We’ve got a great record here and that’ll continue tomorrow night,” stated the premiership-winning coach.

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“As I said to the boys after Newcastle, in the first 45 [minutes] we destroyed them and I want to see 90 minutes of that first 45.

“I can see that hunger in the player’s faces and in their eyes, they’re excited for tomorrow night, they’ve worked hard and we expect to finish it off.”

The warm mood continued for the usually frosty coach as he went on to laud the fitness of the Champions.

“The (boys are) in great shape. We’re fresh, even though it’s a three-day turnaround.”

Arnold then went off to list a number of his stars.

“Wilkshire’s back, Matty Simon’s back. They were rested for the game. Bobo is fine, Brosque’s 100 percent, Adrian Mierzejewski’s 100 percent fit now, Ninkovic got 60 minutes. We’re 100 percent ready to go.”

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After travelling three times in the past week with the league’s toughest opponent on the horizon, Marco Kurz’s reserved mood was entirely understandable.

But the German coach still held great promise for the upcoming blockbuster.

Sydney FC are a very strong team and the favourites tomorrow, but it’s one game and in one game as an underdog you have the chance to win and that’s the goal.

“The style in which we played last week was good and we are ready for the big game tomorrow.”

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