Striker Alex Sanchez says his Sydney Olympic coach Abbas Saad is on a par with the quality in Spain's top leagues.
Sanchez's La Liga debut for Real Zargaoza in 2009/10 came against Valencia who at that time had a team featuring Spanish superstars Juan Mata, David Silva and David Villa.
While not suggesting that NSW NPL is on par, Sanchez did admit that he was surprised at the quality of football on display.
“A lot of people told me that Australia soccer was going to be very bad quality but it’s not too bad for me," he said. “The big difference between Australian and Spanish soccer is tactically.
“There are many strong teams in the league. I remember playing against Blacktown – they are so strong.
“APIA and Sydney Olympic are the strongest but there are other many any strong teams in the competition also.
“But generally speaking the level is very good in Australia.”
After overcoming Perth SC last weekend, Olympic travel to South Australia to take on fellow NPL side Campbelltown City on Saturday afternoon for a spot in the National Premier Leagues 2018 Grand Final.
And Sanchez would love to add a third winners' medal to his season’s collection.
“We are pretty confident,” he said. “We have been winning a lot of games in the last couple of months so we are ready.
“I’ve enjoyed playing in Australia. It’s been the most beautiful year in my life not just on the pitch but off the pitch.
“The experience has been magnificent for me and the team has been perfect. We want to win the treble and personally it has been awesome.”
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