Sydney FC still confident despite shaky W-League form

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Sydney FC bounced back from their derby defeat with a shaky 2-0 win over seller-dwellers Adelaide United.

The unconvincing nature of the victory keeps the Sky Blues in touch with the top two but it took an own-goal and a late Princess Ibini rocket to secure the points.

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Following the battering against Western Sydney Wanderers and the home loss to Melbourne City earlier this season, the defending champions may have to be content with a third-place finish for the second season in a row.

Head Coach Ante Juric said that while he is happy with the points, there is work to do.

“When need to defend better: after we went up we probably should have conceded,” he said.

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“We are giving the ball away too cheaply for a team that wants to keep the ball.”

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In order for Sydney to win back-to-back titles, performances will have to improve to be in the same league as the top two sides in the competition.

Juric says his team needs to focus on their weekly opposition rather than the bigger picture just yet.

“For me I don’t look that far ahead. I have got belief in the players and I know where we are going to get to.”

Juric said the team’s experience of winning championships will help in the long run. If they end up winning silverware, it won’t be the first time Sydney FC have won the league as underdogs.

“A lot of our girls are champions. If we get into the finals we have got something that others do not have yet.

“We have been in two grand finals, won one and lost one, so there is a lot of experience there and we will be relaxed when we do.”

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Sydney will have another chance to impress away to Canberra United next Sunday in a do-or-die clash for the hosts in terms of finals football.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda 

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Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.