City captain Patrick Kisnorbo says his side is not taking a lax attitude into Saturday’s match against Sydney FC, saying he’s focused on bringing home the three points not matter who the Sydneysiders put out.
With a busy Asian Champions League schedule and a raft of suspensions and injuries, Sydney FC will head into the Round 21 fixture with at least six regulars out of the squad and the City defender is wary of the wounded beast.
“At the end of the day it’s 11 v 11,” Kisnorbo said.
“You still have to beat the opposition no matter who’s playing or not. We’ll give them the respect they deserve but we want to be on top and we want to win and it doesn’t matter what 11 are out there, we need to beat the opposition that’s in front of us.
“It’s about the mental strength of the players and the team that we have to deal with. We’re professional athletes and this is the position that we are in. There are a lot of good teams above us and around us so it’s a matter of teams that can pick up the points that are needed so hopefully we can do this on Saturday.
“The focus is on us, what we need to do. We know Sydney’s strengths, we need to worry about what we need to do and what we have to do come Saturday’s game.
Three points against Sydney will see City forge a gap between themselves and the Sky Blues on the Hyundai A-League ladder and the Club captain is keen to put last week’s result behind them with 18 points left in the regular season.
“It was two lapses of concentration and we got punished,” he said.
“It just shows whatever league you play in, you can’t afford to do that but we’ve learned from it, we’ve reviewed it and an we’ll bring it into Saturday’s game which obviously will be a big game for us.
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