Corica: We’re full of confidence ahead of Brisbane clash

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Despite being winless in the last three games, Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica says he expects his team to bounce back to their winning ways this weekend.

The Sky Blues take on Brisbane Roar on Saturday afternoon. Brisbane have been in fine form this season and are in third place – while Sydney is sitting lower at ninth.

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Although it’s early in the season, Corica acknowledged the significance of the fixture.

“It’s an important game away from home to Brisbane,” said Corica.

“They’ve been playing really well, and they’ve got some good points.”

Despite Sydney’s poor league position, Corica said he was happy with the reigning champions performances so far and was expecting Sydney to return to winning ways against Brisbane.

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“We know where we are as a team,” he said.

“It’s more about the performances [than results] we’ve been putting on the last couple of weeks. When we played Brisbane at home and Macarthur – even with 10 men, we produced some good football, and created a lot of chances.

“Obviously, the results haven’t been what we expect but it’s only been a couple of losses. We have a lot of players that want to win.

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We will do our best against Brisbane and hopefully get three points.

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Arguably the most concerning aspect of Sydney’s performances has been their inability to finish chances. The Sky Blues have been wasteful in front of goal, scoring just 10 goals in nine games.

Sky Blues fans have been praying that the return of club legend Bobo would provide some much-needed goals, but he has failed to score in his first three games.

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They will be hoping the Brazilian can open his account and re-create his goal-scoring feats which made him the record goal scorer in an A-League season.

Corica said he was a chance to start on Saturday.

“Bobo is in the mix,” he said.

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“We will see how training goes today and then make a decision. He is a potent goal scorer, and we need that at the moment.”

Sydney will also be boosted by the return of midfielder Luke Brattan, following a concussion against Melbourne City last Tuesday. It comes at the perfect time for the club, after Paulo Retre’s red card against Macarthur.

“We have ‘Brattsy’ coming back, which is ideal for us,” Corica said.

“It will be a good game for ‘Brattsy.’ He’s played for Brisbane before. He’s looking forward to getting on the pitch against his old club.”

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Meanwhile, there are rumours that star striker Adam le Fondre could be heading back to the harbourside.

The Englishman is still contracted to Sydney but has been on loan at Mumbai in India – and their season has just ended.

Le Fondre was the top scorer in his two seasons with Sydney. However, Corica said a return at this stage was unlikely.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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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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