This season the Sky Blues are already dominating the chase for silverware once again, seemingly unassailable after starting November with a crucial victory against Melbourne City, their nearest rivals at the top of the table.
The only side to temporarily halt the charge of Sydney FC thus far were city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers, after the 21st October Sydney Derby ended in a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Stadium. However, that game also demonstrated the superb resolve of the Graham Arnold’s team after they trailed by two goals inside thirty minutes of the game, making a spectacular comeback which arguably merited more than just a point.
Ahead of the crucial win against Melbourne City at AAMI Park, the latest odds for Sydney FC to win the Grand Final again had already shortened to 9/4 and are now expected to shorten even further, especially with Arnold highly confident that the “fantastic form” of his team will continue. Indeed, his side could complete a historic treble on 21st November if they can beat Adelaide United in the FFA Cup final and complete a truly memorable 2017 for the club.
One of the key reasons for such consistent form has been impressive attacking performances the team has produced. Brazilian striker Bobô has already bagged 4 goals in 5 A-League encounters so far. The 32-year-old has continued to blaze the trail he started following his arrival from Gremio in 2016 which, undoubtedly, helped land the Premier’s Plate and Grand Final double.
Along with such important individual displays, what makes Sydney FC so difficult to beat is their strength of unity as a team. Following the key result against Melbourne City, Arnold’s side are now undefeated in their last 14 games, having won 11 and drawn 3, whilst also keeping a tight lock on opponents defensively with clean sheets in nine of those encounters. Clearly, such powerful form makes them the team to beat for any rival hoping to usurp their A-League throne this season.
Despite the already impressive start to the 2017-18 A-League campaign, “there’s so much more for the players to give individually”, commented a demanding Arnold following the win against Melbourne City. He still believes his team are still “nowhere near” their best form yet, but is confident both team and individual form will get “greater and greater as the season goes on” for Sydney FC.
Arnold will continue pushing his side to carefully hone and improve every aspect of their game, and the former Socceroos boss is keen to build a lasting legacy during his tenure at Sydney FC. One that could see them continue to dominate in the A-League not just this season, but for years to come if they can continue building on the success already achieved.