Popovic: Wanderers have created history

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic was lost for words after the Wanderers clinched the Asian title, stating “dreams do come true”.

Wanderers became the first-ever Australian club to win the continental title after holding on for a 1-0 aggregate win over Al Hilal.

“It’s still sinking in at the moment,” Popovic told Fox Sports.

“I’m obviously very proud of the players. I think it’ll sink in once we get out of this stadium.

“It’s a marvelous achievement from the players, the club and for Australian football.

“To be champions of Asia, dreams do come true.”

Popovic, who has been Wanderers coach since the club’s formation in 2012, said the triumph had to rate as his best after successive A-League Grand Final defeats.

“It has to rate as the best. It’s only a very short time as a coach,” he said.

“It’ll sink in in a few days, but for now, just delighted.”

Popovic was full of praise for his side’s resilience, not just focused on the final performance, but the club’s entire remarkable run.

“You can name so many (moments) throughout today and throughout the whole campaign. That’s resilience,” Popovic said.

“It’s a special group to coach. They’ve made history tonight.”