Beware the sleeping giant, the Sky Blues are awake 

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There is an old saying ‘beware the sleeping giant’, but the Sydney FC giant is well and truly awake after its sleepy start to the season. 

“Character, willingness, desire and passion” are the four words Sydney FC coach Steve Corica used to describe his side’s win over Adelaide United in hostile territory. 

After playing seven games in three weeks, Sydney still found a way to hit the front twice and win in a place that has proved too much for so many. 

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The Sky Blues were written off by many after their 0-2-2 start to the season. 

Injuries struck with key players such as Adam Le Fondre, Kosta Barbarouses, Bobô and Luke Brattan all missing extended periods of time or the entire season. 

Then throw in a large number of players who had tested positive to COVID-19, the five time champions had their backs against the wall.

However, it takes a brave man to write off the giants as they always seem to find a way – and Sydney have found their way. 

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A come from behind victory over the Central Coast Mariners last week, followed by an away win over Adelaide this week, the Sky Blues are charging home and now sit atop the A-League Men’s table once again.

Plus, their quality players are returning which is worrying for the rest of the league. 

“It was the first time in a while we’ve had Le Fondre back, we also had the Socceroos back tonight obviously, which is great to have a few bodies back in to give us that strength and depth that we need on the bench,” Corica said. 

Meanwhile United’s coach Carl Veart had no answer for Sydney’s depth of quality. 

“That’s why they always around the mark, because they’ve got a high quality squad that they’ve had for a long time,” Veart said. 

“They’re one of the benchmark sides in the league and have been for a number of years, and they showed their quality tonight.” 

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It was this quality that proved to be an issue for United. 

“They continued to cause us issues getting in behind,” Veart said. 

It is this quality, however, that the Reds will have to contend with if they have any finals aspirations moving forward.

Featured image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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