No excuses for full-strength Sydney FC

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Sydney FC are set to return to the Sydney Cricket Ground this Saturday night to face Melbourne Victory in the Big Blue.

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With their squad back to full strength, there’s no excuses for the Sky Blues as they head into the pointy end of the season.

Melbourne Victory go into the Big Blue in third place, just one point behind their opponents. With Daniel De Silva and marquee Siem de Jong back in the squad, the Sky Blues will be expecting nothing less than three points on home turf.

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Vice-captain Alex Wilkinson was happy to have his team back to full strength, and was positive that the boys would play with confidence when they face Melbourne after their successful performance against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

“Its great timing, we’re really getting most of our squad back together. For Siem to come back on the weekend and score a fantastic goal, it shows the sort of class that he has.

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It’s great to have him and Danny back in time for finals.

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Three points in the Big Blue this weekend would help Sydney FC to close the gap with top of the table Perth Glory, as well as keeping the Victory at an arm’s distance in third place.

“We still think we’re a good chance of claiming the Premiers Plate, and until it’s mathematically impossible we’ll keep going. If we can win this week and get a couple more wins to before we play Perth, then we’ll be closer to finishing on top.

But before Sydney play the runaway leaders, Wilkinson and his side have a hungry Melbourne Victory to defeat. The defender says that despite getting many of their players back, this weekend’s game will be won or lost based on a team performance.

“We’ve had some great battles against Melbourne and every time we play them it’s a fantastic atmosphere and a fantastic game. It will be great to be back at the SCG and hopefully we can get a big crowd out there to support us and get another three points.

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The Vice-Captain says that the depth of Sydney’s squad will serve them well going into the finals series as it did on Friday night, with all three subs coming off the bench having had international experience.

“We’ve got a lot of depth in each position and it’s a credit to the coaching staff for creating that depth in pre-season. Anyone who’s in the squad is capable, we’ve shown all year that if we have injuries or suspensions that we’ve got enough depth to cover that. Anyone can come in and do a fantastic job.”

Sydney FC are equipped with a full strength squad as we edge towards finals. The homestretch will be an interesting one for the defending premiers.

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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