Ahead of tonight’s decider against Perth Glory, Sydney FC’s former EPL striker Adam Le Fondre is adamant he can handle the extra pressure of playing in a Grand Final.
During his only season in the English Premier League with Reading, Le Fondre scored against powerhouse clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
While tonight’s A-League decider against Perth may not be in the same league, the 32-year-old striker admits that the pressure is similar to what he’s previously faced in his career.
“You just have to approach every game the same,” he said.
“Obviously there will be a little more anxiety or a little bit of stress, nervousness, but once you are out there it’s 11 v11 and you just have to stick to the team’s structure.
“In any game like this it’s a one off occasion, it can go either way. Both teams have got a 50-50 chance of winning.
“Obviously Perth won the Premiership but it’s not as if they are mugs and we are coming here to be the big bullies. It’s highly deserved for both teams to be in the final.”
While satisfied with his output of 18 goals in 28 games, Le Fondre is looking to add that final touch against Perth in this evening’s Grand Final.
“I’ve been reasonably pleased with how it’s gone,” he said reflecting on his first season with the Sky Blues.
“I couldn’t have imagined being runner’s up in three competition, runners up in the golden boot, the FFA Cup and the Premiership.
“So it’s gone very well, it’s marker for next season and I’m already looking forward to it and to do even better.
“But tonight’s it’s how about I impact myself on the game and hopefully I’ll be the most impactful player on the night.”
Le Fondre was also adamant that after the 6-1 thrashing of Melbourne in last week’s semi-fina, that Sydney hadn't peaked but instead was peaking at the right time.
“If you look at the Asian Champions League games where we were playing against teams with ridiculous wage bill, we cut them to shreds,” he said.
“Realistically we should have got out the group and we are disappointed we didn’t.
"But that was some of our best performances this year and towards the back end of the season we have been sharing goals around and we have been going forward really well.
“It all come together really well against Melbourne but it will mean nothing if we don’t do it against Perth.”