Written By Michael Safro (@safrossydney)
Sydney FC will need to get off their cloud.
Games are coming thick and fast and Sky Blues will have had no time to celebrate Wednesday’s momentous win against Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande. In the lead up to their all-important clash with Melbourne City this Saturday night, it has been little more than recovery sessions as they look to shake the fatigue that comes from playing their fifth match in two weeks.
Not in the least – this is where Sydney FC needs to be every season and managing fatigue comes with the territory when a club takes part in ACL competition alongside its domestic campaign. But no one said it was easy.
Complicating matters is the number of Sydney players unavailable through injury and suspension on Saturday night. I had my say on Jacques Faty last week but David Carney, superb in the last few games back in Sky Blue colours, should have known better than to talk himself into a yellow last weekend, which ruled him out for this weekend through card accumulation. Faty and Carney are joined on the sidelines by other card offenders Rhyan Grant and Seb Ryall, leaving the Sydney backline in a parlous state come the weekend.