BY CON STAMOCOSTAS: After a 2-1 win against Melbourne City, Sydney FC sat only three points from the top the A-League ladder. Their international marquee Marc Janko scored two goals, helping the Sky Blues to their best-ever beginning to a season.
After virtually being pushed out of Newcastle Jets, Craig Goodwin’s return to his home town of Adelaide has seen the winger turned left-back’s form and confidence return, and aspirations for a dream move to Europe and more national team honours are back on the agenda.
The surprise resignation of Antonio Conte, and subsequent appointment of Max Allegri, has complicated matters. Sunday's friendly between Juventus and the A-League All-Stars, however, remains a fine opportunity to witness a genuinely elite team at close quarters and, perhaps, observe in the flesh a tactical trend that could be a crucial feature of the upcoming A-League season.
As far as bad ideas go, arranging to meet a former Premier League superstar for a chat inside one of London’s busiest tourist attractions on a scorching summer’s afternoon seemed like it would be right up there.