Corica backs Ghoochannejhad and Le Fondre to fire for Sydney FC

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Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is excited about the potential of Reza Ghoochannejhad after the striker’s maiden A-League goal against Adelaide last Friday.

The Iranian striker scored his first goal for the club within the first 15 minutes of the match – a great team goal, with six Sky Blues players being involved in the build-up before the ball eventually wound up at the feet of Ghoochannejhad.

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“I’m pleased with the goal scorers, obviously with Reza getting his first goal for the club.

“It takes a little bit of time (to get settled), he hasn’t been here a long time.

“The combination between him and Adam is really working, they’re both very big strikers, both will score goals. There’s good combinations with those two.”

The striker has been a lively addition to the already star-studded squad at Sydney FC. Throughout Friday night’s match, Ghoochannejhad seemed to always have the ball at his feet, creating attacking chances for his side.

Although Corica couldn’t deny Ghoochannejhad’s positive performance, he credited his whole team for bagging the three points against the Reds.  Corica said that his side’s first half performance against Adelaide was probably the best they’d played all season, and that the squad is “only getting better” with the addition of Reza.

“I think they all deserve an applaud. They were outstanding defensively tonight, kept another clean sheet. We’re the second best defensive team in the league which is great, and obviously third best goal scoring team as well which is a positive, and we’re going to score more.

“I think we’re the only team to score in every game the year, so that’s fantastic for our group of players and the belief they have to get goals and to win games.

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But with group stage AFC championship games on the horizon, Corica and his men are looking to continue their run of good play against some high quality Asian footballing teams.

“We’re looking forward to it, it’s going to be a very tough group. Champions of Japan, champions of China, it’s fantastic for the boys, it sees where we are against the rest of them. They have big money to spend over there, but we’ll always put up a good fight against these teams and we’ll give it our best shot for Sydney and for Australia as well.

“The boys are looking forward to it and they’re going to give their all.

Catch Sydney FC’s first ACL Champions League match against Ulsan Hyundai on Wednesday night.

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.

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