Ante Juric disappointed despite a dominant 4-0 win

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Sydney FC dismantled Brisbane Roar 4-0 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, but head coach, Ante Juric, won’t let the scoreline deceive him.

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Usually, a difference of four goals in a game is something that can be seen as a comfortable win, and Sydney were certainly on top. But according to Ante Juric, hidden behind the pretty number is a whole other story.

When asked about how he felt following what looked like a strong victory, Juric wasn’t in the mood for cheering, boasting, or talking up his winning squad. Instead, he simply put his head down.

“I have mixed feelings,” Juric said.

“I wasn’t happy at all at half time, we just didn’t play well in my opinion.”

The Sky Blues were already up 2-0 when the game entered half time. It was U.S import, Madison Haley who had found the back of the net both times. Her performance was just about the only thing Juric was willing to praise, but even then, he still had criticisms to make.

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“Maddy’s good, she’s got the X-factor and she really changed the game for us because it was quite tight.” He said.

“She probably needs to do a little bit more in the game, but I’m happy to let her do that if she comes out with those pieces of magic.”

 

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Sydney FC are currently sat in second place on the table, below an undefeated Melbourne City. After losing their first game against Adelaide United, they have managed to pick up three wins in a row. On the surface, things aren’t looking too bad at all for the Sky Blues, but Juric has been taking a much closer look.

“In possession, I think we’ve got the lowest stats, which for a team that’s coming in so high on the table is just not good,” Juric said.

“So, we’re not even close to what we should be.”

He says that one of the main factors to feed into his disappointment is his squad’s lack of adjustment to change. Sydney FC are working with a lot of different combinations of starting players which means that everyone is still trying to figure out the system and work on finding their gel together as a team.

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Despite his current frustrations, Juric knows that it’s only a matter of time before things start to smooth out for him.

“We’re getting the results, but we’re just not hitting our straps,” Juric said.

“But we should be fine by round six or seven and then we’ll be flying.”

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Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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