Juric heaps praise on record breaker Teresa Polias

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Sydney FC manager Ante Juric signalled out Teresa Polias as the best player during the club’s 2-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers, stating that he “couldn’t be prouder” of the club captain.

The Sydney Derby marked Polias’ 150th W-League match. She is the only player in the league to reach that milestone.

Juric said that her performance was an inspiration to his young squad, who did not let the Wanderers “bully” them off the park.

The manager believes the most pleasing aspect of the result was the defensive work of his side.

“[I couldn’t] ask for more in terms of effort and defensive attitude” said Juric.

Delivering a strong performance in the heart of midfield, Polias was in the thick of the action from start to end. The central midfielder was a constant foil to Western Sydney’s attack, making a series of key interceptions and tackles.

Juric lauded her defensive performance as key to the win and stated that her screening role highlighted her versatility as a complete midfielder.

“When you have someone doing that in her defensive role which is not her main trait then others follow,” Juric said.

“She was fantastic today and she’s been the best player in my book for our past three games.”

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Sydney FC have started the season in superb form. The club has won its first three fixtures, conceding just one goal.

Polias’ aggressive performance proved that height is not necessarily important in football. Despite standing at just over five feet in height, Polias dominated a much taller and physical Wanderers midfield.

“We knew they were going to come out strong and try to bully us… I’m really proud of the girls… we didn’t let them topple us,” she said.

Polias said that she was “extremely privileged” to have played 150 games in the W-League – and was enjoying the added responsibility of captaining a young squad.

“It’s a different year this year with so many young ones around but I’m loving it.”

Polias was also presented with a commemorate plaque to mark her 10 year stay at Sydney. She is only the second player in the club’s history to achieve this feat, after Rhyan Grant.

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Featured image credit: Jaime Castaneda / Sydney FC

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Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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