Sydney FC’s Steve Corica relishing showdown with Perth Glory counterpart Tony Popovic


Sydney FC have defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 to take care of their latest derby file over their rivals.

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica admits final week’s confidence-boosting win over arch rivals Western Sydney has them primed for a shot at A-League leaders Perth this week.

The Sky Blues have been criticised closely for shedding twice within the house of three weeks previous to their derby victory, and now have the ominous process of going through the undefeated Glory on the highway.

Corica, whose aspect sits six factors behind Perth in third spot, was reluctant to debate the importance of the conflict in opposition to counterpart Tony Popovic on Friday.

“Each recreation’s a distinct problem and we’re very a lot wanting ahead to this one in Perth developing in opposition to Poppa,” Corica mentioned on Thursday.

“The boys know what to anticipate. They’re actually wanting ahead to it and it may be a great problem for us.”

Corica conceded that bouncing again to type of their 3-1 win over a 10-man Wanderers aspect was necessary forward of what’s arguably the match of the spherical.

The Sky Blues had suffered defeats to Melbourne Victory and Wellington in latest weeks, sandwiched by an unconvincing victory in opposition to Central Coast.

“It is good to bounce again after a loss. We have been disappointing at residence in opposition to Wellington, we have been upset with the consequence,” Corica mentioned.

Tony Popovic, Steve Corica and Kevin Muscat
Tony Popovic, Steve Corica and Kevin Muscat — the respective managers of Perth Glory, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory — at Socceroos coaching in 2001.

“Even when you’re up in opposition to 10 males, it is by no means simple. Final 12 months we misplaced in Newcastle going up in opposition to 10. The boys needed to get the job completed, and so they did it very nicely.

“[We] scored three targets [from] three set items, which was nice as nicely. They’re filled with confidence main into this recreation.”

With Jop van der Linden (hamstring) out for 3 weeks, Aaron Calver is prone to get the nod at centre-back regardless of Jacob Tratt scoring off the bench final week.

Calver will accomplice veteran Alex Wilkinson, who returns after lacking final week as a consequence of a virus.


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