Sydney FC coach Steve Corica knows his side should've beaten Shanghai SIPG in Australia. Tonight in Shanghai a win would kickstart the Sky Blues' ACL campaign.
Unlike fellow A-League outfit Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC have an outside chance of advancing to the ACL Round of 16.
With their hopes in the balance, Corica isn’t focussed on the A-League right now.
He says his focus is winning in Shanghai tonight to potentially move into the second spot in Group H.
For that to happen, the Aussies will need group leaders Ulsan to beat J-League outfit, Kawasaki, later today.
“We have no problem coming here to try and win the game,” Corica said in the pre-match presser.
A win would mean the A-League outfit move to five points and second place.
It’s a tough ask given SIPG’s quality going forward with the classy foreign contingent of Elkeson, Oscar and Hulk, but it’s what is needed after three games.
“It’s an important three points to get. We are focussed on this game. We have brought a strong team.”
Even a draw keeps the Sky Blues in the mix.
And after a very entertaining 3-3 draw in Sydney earlier this month, SIPG would be wary of the Aussie outfit who know three points would push them ahead of the Chinese Super League powerhouse.
“We thought we should’ve won in Sydney but they came back at the end [to make it 3-3].
“We are focussed on this competition. We have one game to go in our local competition [the A-League] and we can’t finish higher than second.
“So our main focus is this game.”