Early form heralds new era for Sydney FC

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In a comprehensive 4-0 victory against a trying Central Coast Mariner outfit, have Sydney FC announced themselves as the early favourites for the 2016/17 A-League campaign?

After painting Sydney sky blue only seven days ago by humiliating derby rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in another impressive 4-0 rout, new recruit Bobo, supported by Filip Holosko and Alex Brosque have confirmed that the performance was no fluke by repeating the treatment against the Mariners.


Not everyone would agree with the statement that Sydney are the early favourites, in particular Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon.

“I thought we were the better side tonight, and I challenge anyone to disagree with me” said Okon.

The reasons were simple for the decorated former Socceroo and new Mariners manager on why his team failed at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“If you are going to make schoolboy errors, let alone a team that is in form, playing at home in their first game of the season, you are going to concede goals.”

It has been astute recruitment from Graham Arnold that has seen his squad transform from a 2015/16 also-ran, to a squad that has depth in every position.

“Its competition for places,” Graham Arnold said.

“Its what I wanted, what the club wanted, what we all wanted. Its the depth of quality that we have, and that we have recruited into the squad, that makes us so strong.”

It has led to a situation where former Sydney FC Player of the Year Miloš Dimitrijević can not make the starting eleven, alongside captain Alex Brosque although he has scored two goals from the bench.

“Milos Dimitrijević is not happy that he isn’t playing, but he is on the bench celebrating every goal we score and everything that is happening. He has to wait for his turn,” said Arnold.

This could all change with a midweek FFA Cup Semi Final, although Arnold claims to play his best team possible for such an important fixture against Canberra Olympic.

It is a long, long season of football and no one in their right mind should be proclaiming the Sky Blues champions now, but maybe, just maybe, FFA Cup silverware could be around the corner for a team so desperate to taste success again. 

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Daniel McGookin
Passionate sports fan and aspiring journalist. Excited for the challenge of following the journey of Sydney FC in 2016/17

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