Arnold, Sydney pinching themselves
Tuesday night’s clash at ANZ Stadium will bring down the curtain on a massive season for the Sky Blues.
It has included an A-League Grand Final defeat to Melbourne Victory earlier this month, and Saturday night’s narrow 1-0 loss to Tottenham.
But a clash against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in front of more than 83,000 fans will top it all off.
“You have to pinch yourself to see these three [Mourinho, John Terry and Eden Hazard] world football superstars sitting at the same table,” Arnold said at Sunday’s pre-game press conference.
“To have them out here a week after winning the Premiership in England and being here to play against us is special.
“It just adds that bit extra to Australian football which is huge for us. The A-League is young, it’s developing and for them to add to the game of football here in Australia and to have 83,000 people here on Tuesday night, it’s mind blowing."
Arnold said the experience – especially for his young players – against Spurs was invaluable and they will take that into Tuesday night’s clash against the star-studded Blues.
“We had a number of 17-, 18-year-olds on the field [against Spurs]. To see the smiles on their faces after the game, playing against their idols they watch on TV every week was a real joy to see,” Arnold said.
“We’re all looking forward to the occasion and we’ll certainly give it our best shot.”