Brosque hoping for pre-season Red Diamonds rust

Sky Blues club captain Alex Brosque says that facing the Uwara Red Diamonds while they are still in pre-season will give Sydney FC confidence going their opening group game in the Asian Champions League.

While Sydney FC are deep into their A-League season and face a short turnaround for Wednesday night’s clash at Saitama Stadium in Japan, the Reds are still one week away from the opening round of the J-League.

The Sky Blues have failed to win their last five games A-League games, but earnt a credible draw against the Western Sydney Wanderers after coming from behind.

Brosque believes that despite their inconsistent form, Sydney FC are facing their group H opponents who are favourites for the clash at the right time.

“Absolutely,” he said. “The J-League hasn’t started yet and it is a good time to be facing them. 

“Any player will tell you that it’s not the same coming up against a team before the season starts. You normally take a few games to hit your straps and against the quality of opposition that we will be facing it definitely good to get them nice and early.”

Brosque spent two seasons playing in Japan with J-League side Shimizu S Pulse and also has experience playing in Asia’s premier cup competition when he had a spell with Saudi Arabian club Al Ain FC.

The skilful striker believes he can pass on some of that experience and knowledge to his Sky Blues teammates as they prepare for tomorrow night’s game.

“It will be nice to head back to Japan,” he said.

“For me I have some great memories there and I had a good couple of seasons that I really enjoyed.

I have that experience to pass on to the boys more so to make them calm there nerves a little but because I know what these games can be like. Especially when I first played in the Champions League.

"It’s very different... Hopefully I can be a calming presence there and use the experience that I have in playing not only in Japan but in the Champions League to help the boys.”

Sydney FC face the Red Diamonds without the aid of Matt Simon, Brandon O'Neill and David Carney after the three starters from the Wanderers  game were left home due to fitness concerns.

Other players missing will be Marquee man Filip Holosko and French import Jaques Faty who were left out of the ACL squad altogether.

Brosque says that they will need to alternate the playing roster to deal with the tough schedule that sees them playing five games in 15 days.

“We’re going to have to rotate players and change the squad around,” he said.

“We do have a hard time coming up. But there is no reason why can’t have a good run of it and get a couple of early wins and use the confidence that comes from that to keep it going.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.