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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque launches scathing statement of Western Sydney Wanderers

Despite Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold’s plea that his players control their emotions ahead of Saturday’s showdown with the Western Sydney Wanderers, Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque turned up the heat by revealing the extent of his club’s dislike for its cross-town rivals.
Nanjing Night Net

The normal “business as usual” statements were thrown out the window at Sydney FC’s season launch on Wednesday, when Brosque revealed: “I’ve told the boys previously in games that we hate every single one of them, and that’s the way it should be.”

While the remark was met with applause from the most passionate Sydney FC supporters in the far corners of the Sky Blues function, it was in stark contrast to the message from Arnold, who a number of times spoke about the need for composure ahead of the opening-round derby.

Fearing an attendance of more than 60,000 fans at ANZ Stadium could derail his side’s focus, Arnold reiterated the importance of winning the three points, rather than bragging rights, from Tony Popovic’s side.

“To have the derby round one, ANZ Stadium, in front of a record crowd is obviously enticing for the players and we just have to make sure over the next few days that we control our emotion,” Arnold said. “There’s only one thing that matters and that’s the result.”

The Sky Blues are undefeated in their last seven games against the Wanderers, having not lost since January 2014. Despite their recent dominance, Arnold doesn’t believe the record will weigh on the minds of Western Sydney, whose squad has undergone significant restructure in recent years. What Sydney’s coach does believe will be a major blow for his rivals is the absence of Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

The towering central defender is suspended after being sent off in his side’s FFA Cup loss to Melbourne City and Arnold believes the potential lack of leadership in the back line could play into the hands of the Sky Blues.

“Nikolai is their captain, he’s their leader,” Arnold said. “If we do have one little edge on them, it will be … that we’ve got players that have experienced the Sydney derby. They’ve got 15 to 16 new players this year and it will be a new experience for them of the Sydney derby.

“Topor will be a big loss for them, he’s the captain, he’s their leader and he knows what derbies are about. He can relay that on the field to other players.”

Arnold has close to a full squad to select from after confirming winger Bernie Ibini has forced his way into contention despite only recently overcoming a serious injury. A broken leg sustained at the start of last season prevented Ibini from playing for more than a year, though Arnold hinted at a role on the bench for the fringe Australian international.

“He’s someone that we’ll be looking closely at over the next few days,” Arnold said.

Only youngsters George Timotheou and George Blackwood are away on international duty, while defender Aaron Calver is likely to be omitted due to fitness.

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