Losing not on Sydney's mind, says Brillante

Sydney FC doesn't need a loss to fire them up in their charge towards the finals, midfielder Josh Brillante insists.

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Brillante rubbishes suggestion the Sky Blues needed a loss to help the side regain focus ahead of the A-League finals series.

"People have been asking us that question a lot this week, about losing," Brillante told The World Game.

"It's not something we think about. It hasn't come across our minds at all. It's not something we're focused on, the result. The performance is what we're focused on. The performance leads into the result.

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"Obviously we haven't been beaten, so we've got the target on our backs, but because of the confidence and the positivity at the club it isn't something we worry about."

Brillante said Sydney's winning mentality meant the players were more focused on improving week to week instead of the perceived benefits of a loss in the lead up to the finals.

"Why do we need to lose?" he said.

"We're aiming to have one of the greatest seasons in A-League history, so even though we're on top there's no reason to stop when we can keep going and try to achieve more and more.



"A loss wouldn't be the end of the world, but in saying that there's no way we want to stop what we're doing. We want to keep the ball rolling."

The 23-year-old was confident his side has what it takes to bounce back if his side was to suffer defeat during the final ten rounds of the competition

"If we did lose one we'd just look at what we did wrong and aim to fix it, but there's no way we're going into games thinking 'oh, it's ok to lose one', even though there's room for that (on the competition table)."

Sydney will try to stretch their unbeaten run to 18 games when they play Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

Brillante admitted there was plenty of pressure on Sydney FC and expected the next ten weeks to be one of the most challenging periods of the season.

"We've got to make sure we're playing the best we can and not having to rely on a bit of luck or the opposition to not play well," he said. "We've got to get even better going into the finals."


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Published 2 February 2017 at 4:06pm
By Greg Prichard