Sydney FC thumped Melbourne City 4-0 at AAMI Park on Saturday night, to open up a 12 point gap at the top of the Hyundai A-League table.
After the comfortable win Sydney boss Graham Arnold was already comparing his team’s position after 20 rounds to where they were last year.
“We are chasing our record from last year. We have two points more than what we had this time last year,” he said.
“We have nine goals more than what we had this time last year, and that’s how I motivate the boys.”
Last year Sydney smashed the previous record by tallying 66 points and now the Sky Blues coach has challenged his men to break that record.
“66 points is the greatest in the history of Australian football and we’re chasing 67 points,” he enthused.
“There are still 21 points to play for. We are on 49 points now, we have a possibility of getting 70, and that’s what we are after.”
To eclipse this record Sydney need to win six of their remaining seven games, but before that they need to concentrate their efforts on their AFC Champions League campaign.
Saturday’s game kicked off with high intensity from the start, with the visitors opening the scoring in the 31st minute after Bobo converted a penalty past Dean Bouzanis, who deflected the ball onto the bar and it went over the line.
After being played in by Michael Zullo, Milos Ninkovic curled a perfect shot past Bouzanis to double the lead in the 43rd minute.
In the 64th minute Zullo assisted again, his cross found Bobo’s head and in between defenders, he guided it past Bouzanis.
The points were sealed in the 79th minute after man of the match Zullo floated a ball into the box and Adrian Mierzejewski hit the ball into the ground and it bouncds over the head of Bouzanis and in.