Adelaide City coach Damian Mori is eyeing a huge FFA Cup upset when his side host A-League powerhouse Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday.
One of Australia’s greatest goalscorers is hoping to be the architect of a famous FFA Cup upset when Adelaide City host A-League powerhouse Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday.
City coach Damian Mori was the NSL’s most prolific all-time goalscorer, and also held the Socceroos’ goalscoring landmark until dislodged by Tim Cahill earlier this year.
Now having coached Adelaide City for 11 years, Mori says his side are ready to provide a test for the A-League’s newest club on the tight confines of Marden Sports Complex.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to the challenge of taking on one of the best teams in the A-League over the past two years,” Mori said. “We believe we can give a good account of ourselves.
“We have been up and down this season, but beaten some good teams. You must have belief even if you’re against the odds. Anything can happen as shown in the (A-League) All Stars match, and the Socceroos against Holland at the World Cup.
“Everyone wants to test themselves against the best. Having been coaching for so long, it is a chance to test myself at a higher level as well.
Adelaide City were a glamour club of the former National Soccer League, being crowned Australian champions on three occasions before withdrawing from the league in 2003.
“The excitement (in Adelaide) has been good in recent weeks. Most of the other clubs have cancelled training so they can come down and support us.”
The Wanderers are set to be without several key personnel due to either unavailability or injury, most notably Socceroos’ World Cup defender Matthew Spiranovic who is recuperating from ankle surgery.
Meanwhile, there will be a fresh feel for both Melbourne City and Sydney FC when they meet in Ballarat.
Melbourne – previously known as Melbourne Heart – will be making their first competitive appearance since their rebranding under the new ownership of English Premier League big-spenders Manchester City.
Opponents Sydney FC will be coached by Graham Arnold for the first time since he took over from Frank Farina during the off-season.
Two more former NSL clubs will be aiming to revive past glories when Sydney United and Blacktown City host Far North Queensland Heat and Bentleigh Greens.
Sydney United’s line-up is littered with players who boast A-League experience but they have endured some indifferent results as they prepare to face the ambitious Cairns-based Heat.
Across Sydney, Blacktown City – who had three spells in the NSL during the 1980s – welcome Melbourne’s Bentleigh in a contest between two in-form teams.