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Can Sydney FC go back-to-back?

What do Sydney FC need this year? (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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10th August, 2018
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Sydney FC have been impressive in recent years, establishing themselves as the A-League’s dominant club and one of the best in the competition’s history. Will they continue this dominance this season?

They will cruise to the title again because…
They have been so dominant over the past two seasons, so why couldn’t they do it again? Sydney FC from 2016 and onwards have without a doubt been the most consistent team the A-League has ever seen.

They have smashed literally every record and in all honesty have played some spellbinding football.

Sydney FC’s organisation and discipline is second to none. Their defensive record speaks for itself.

They have only conceded 34 goals in 54 games over the past two seasons.

To complement this, their ability to score goals and put a team away is superior to any other A-League side, with 119 goals scored across 54 games.

That is averaging just over two goals per game. If Sydney FC continue breaking records and continue playing the football they have been playing then they will certainly be difficult to beat.

Matt Simon

Sydney FC wrapped up the Premiers Plate weeks before the season ended. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Why Sydney FC won’t win the title…
Although over the past two seasons Sydney FC have been the dominant force, there are many reasons why they won’t win the title in season 2018-19. With the loss of Golden Boot Winner Bobô and Johnny Warren Medalist Adrian Mierzejewski, scoring goals could be a huge issue for Sydney FC this season.

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Although replacement players will certainly come in, it will be a tough task to replace the pair who shared 40 goals between them.

Earlier this year in March, it was announced that Graham Arnold would take over the reins of coaching the Socceroos from Bert Van Marwijk at the conclusion of the World Cup. Following on from this, Steve Corica was recently announced as the head coach of Sydney FC. Previously working as the assistant coach of Sydney FC, this will certainly prove to be a major test for Corica.

A-League season 2018-19 is really shaping up to be a huge year for football in Australia. From Keisuke Honda to Usain Bolt, this year will hopefully see improved crowd figures.

Will Sydney FC go all the way? They certainly have it in them to do so however it certainly won’t be an easy task.

Sydney FC at a glance over the past two years
130 points from a possible 162 across A-League seasons 16-17 and 17-18
FFA Cup runner up 2016 and FFA Cup winner 2017
A-League grand final winners 16-17