Steve Corica used revenge as motivation

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Heading into Sunday’s A-League semi final, Sydney FC coach denied time and again revenge wasn’t on his mind.

But, following an incredible 6-1 win over rivals Melbourne Victory, he told a slightly different narrative at the post-match press conference.

Last season’s semi final was one that Sydney FC should have won. They were the best team, they were in-form, they were at home. But we all know what happened. And for Sydney FC fans, players and coaching staff, it hurt.

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Corica made sure the players knew that this time, it was their turn to inflict pain.

“I mentioned it in the change room before we went out. I’ve kept the revenge talk quiet all week but there’s a lot of boys who were there last year, and obviously it hurt us to lose the way we did.

“They wanted to put it right, and they did that tonight in an outstanding fashion. I said to them at half time that I didn’t want them to stop, we wanted more goals and we wanted to put on a good show for the fans.

The incredible scoreline was vindication for Corica, as he predicted that this Sydney FC outfit was capable of such a performance.

“I did say at one stage that we were going to smash a team, and tonight it happened.”

After eliminating Melbourne Victory, the Sky Blues will now play Perth Glory on Sunday in Western Australia. Corica is confident that his side can back up their convincing performance again next week over the Premiers.

“Next week is a different game.  We’ve been there before, we’ve got the experience, and we’ve beaten them before.

“They can enjoy their win tonight, but were not getting carried away. We’ll bring the boys back down to earth this week.

“They’ll know what to expect. Perth are a good team and we need to be focused and ready for everything they throw at us.

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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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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