(Reuters) – Melbourne Victory coach Grant Brebner won’t be underestimating the menace posed by Sydney FC when the A-League’s greatest rivals face off within the first Large Blue of the season in Melbourne on Sunday.
The 2 most profitable golf equipment within the A-League’s historical past, who share 9 titles between them, go head-to-head on the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium with neither in stellar kind.
Melbourne are struggling on the foot of the desk whereas Sydney, champions in three of the final 4 seasons, sit in sixth, 13 factors behind leaders the Central Coast Mariners.
However regardless that Sydney have but to hit the heights that took them to a report fifth title final 12 months, Brebner is aware of his aspect faces a significant problem in entrance of their followers.
“Our important focus is three factors, who it is towards, the place it’s does not actually concern us,” mentioned the Scotsman.
“We all know they have a robust group of gamers, they have large continuity. They know find out how to play collectively and so they know find out how to get outcomes.
“We will say they are not of their standard Sydney type of being prime of the league, however contemplating the gamers they’ve they will be an enormous menace and definitely a staff we will not take frivolously.”
The 2 groups had been because of face off within the first Large Blue of the season on March 20 in Sydney, just for that recreation to be postponed because of torrential rain.
Melbourne can take some confidence into the sport after drawing with the Mariners of their most up-to-date outing.
“There’s quite a lot of positives we have to take from it,” Brebner mentioned of the 1-1 attract Gosford.
“We noticed some determined defending, we noticed some qualities that possibly we, up to now or in earlier video games, had been possibly a bit extra open.
“So we are able to construct on that, however in the end we’re within the successful video games enterprise and we have to maintain successful video games.”
(Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, Modifying by Edwina Gibbs)