Five reasons why the Wanderers will break their finals drought

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For the previous five seasons, Western Sydney Wanderers have failed to reach the finals. Here are five reasons why this season will be different.

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1. Mark Rudan’s experience

As a former player, Rudan knows what it takes to win.

As a coach, he’s already found ways to win matches.

In turn, this could lead to the Wanderers’ players developing a winning mentality that can lead them to victory and back to finals.

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2. An inspiring captain

As one of the most experienced international defenders in the league and with several trophies under his belt, Marcelo could be the ideal player to lead the Wanderers to a premiership title this season.

A former PSV and Lyon player will aim to accomplish a title with his one-year contract as he leads the team this season. 

Additionally, as the Wanderers look to build from the back at the heart of the defence, Marcelo can share some of his invaluable experience with the younger players.

The newly elected captain has mass European competitive experience and an eagerness to win amid a new challenge, which could put the Wanderers on top this season. 

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3. Variety and creativity in midfield

Midfield is the glue that brings a team together and is crucial in every third of the pitch.

And so far, the Wanderers sides have been basking in the midfield with Romain Amalfitano and youthful Calem Nieuwenhof currently standing out.

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4. Powerful attack

In attack, the Wanderers have a wealth of options, with new players Brandon Borrello, Kusini Yengi, Sulejman Krpić and Yeni N’Gbakato alongside the returning Ramy Najjarine and Jarrod Carluccio.

With Young Socceroos Alessandro Lopane and Alexander Badolato, the Wanderers will thrive in the attacking areas and get in the habit of creating chances, scoring goals, and winning games.

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5. The return of fans

During the Wanderers’ first five seasons, around 14,000 fans attended home and away matches in Parramatta on average. And during these times, they went on to win the 2013-14 AFC Champions League, and they staged three grand final appearances in the domestic competition.

But then, everything fell apart, as fans numbers started to dwindle.

The team has yet to make any finals for the past five seasons. However, to begin the 2022-23 season, the Wanderers won two straight matches. The team looks in good shape, the effort levels appear high, and the squad has been exciting to watch under Rudan.

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Feature image credit: WSW Photographer

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Edith Yankuba
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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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