Sydney FC recruit Joshua Brillante says the Sky Blues attacking game will counter the threat of in-form duo Danny Choi and Patrick Antelmi in their FFA Cup Quarter Final game against Blacktown City.
Heading into Wednesday night’s FFA Cup Quarter Final clash at Edensor Park, Sydney FC will look to avoid the same fate as Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United who were beaten by NPL teams.
While Choi and Antelmi have been in scintillating form, Brillante believes Sydney FC’s superior quality will be too much, even with City being the home team.
“We’ll be concentrating on our own game,” Brillante said.
“We know that if we play our game we’ll do really well so there is no need to worry about them at all. When we play our good, positive attacking football there is no doubt that the results will follow.
“Yes, they are a local team playing at a local ground, but were hoping and expecting a decent crowd - that’s what you want to play in front of and that just spurs you on more.”
Blacktown have had a much busier schedule than Sydney FC and Brillante believes the Sky Blues will be ready to face the challenge of their cross-town rivals.
“We’ve had a great pre-season so far,” he said.
“I’ve been quite impressed with the quality of training, and the fitness of the players has been right up there - everyone has gelled together quite nicely.
“We are looking very good coming up to this game, all the boys have a had a good hit out this pre-season as we’ve had a fair few friendly matches.”
Sydney FC strengthened their squad in the off-season with Brillante confident the additions of Michael Zullo, Alex Wilkinson, marquee Bobo and Bernie Ibini can bring success back to the Harbour City.
“Last season wasn’t what they expected for themselves at Sydney FC,” he said.
“But we’ve got some fresh faces and the team has brought in some quality players and everyone’s attitude and vibe is very positive.
“Under (coach) Graham Arnold, and with the style we are looking to play, we are hoping to win some silverware. It was an exciting prospect for me to join the team. So far it’s been really good.”
The former Fiorentina man's arrival to the Sky Blues will see the 23-year-old provide cover for a number of positions, however Brillante said he prefers a role in the middle of the park.
"I'm in the midfield," he said.
“We do have a right back, Rhyan Grant. He’s been doing very well in the previous seasons and also this pre- season, so there is no need for me to be playing in that position - I want to be playing in midfield.”