Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque (R) and defender Michael Zullo.
Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque (R) and defender Michael Zullo.

Where Sydney FC hold advantage over Victory

SYDNEY FC's ebullient approach to the A-League semi-finals has continued, with defender Michael Zullo claiming the Sky Blues can top Melbourne Victory for strength and technique.

Insisting that his side was already the fittest in the league, Zullo said the weekend off - while Victory shaded Adelaide 2-1 in the elimination final - had given Sydney another layer of advantage before Saturday's game.

Zullo's words underscored Sydney's confidence, a day after captain Alex Brosque said that losing the last seven encounters would be playing on Victory's minds.

"The break gives us a huge advantage," Zullo said. "They played a tough 90 minutes but more importantly it's given us a chance to reach full fitness, and a few extra days to recover and prepare.

"Physically we've been the strongest team in the league all year and this will add to our advantage as well.

"(Victory's) game is based on physicality but we're a physically superior side. When you look at it in that way, we've turned their strength into our strength. The quality we have in our front third this year has really been the difference.

Zullo has the job of containing Victory star Leroy George.
Zullo has the job of containing Victory star Leroy George.

"Also, the fact we defend as a team, and everyone plays a part defensively, has led to our team coming out on top."

Zullo's personal battle will be with Victory's freewheeling winger Leroy George, whose header brought his side level with Adelaide, but the Sydney leftback insisted he had the answer to come out on top.

"I watched the game, and Adelaide defend differently to the way we do," he said. "We have each other's back and fill in for each other when we need to.

"For me personally, the best way to contain an attacker is to defend. It's a cliche but something that seems to have worked for us.

"To be honest, for us it didn't matter. We knew whoever it was we'd beaten them this year and put in really good performances as well. We weren't too fazed, and it's Melbourne so we're ready."



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