Arnie forecasts Spurs partnership

Graham Arnold hopes Tottenham’s match in Sydney will pave the way for the Sky Blues to visit London to tap into the EPL club’s high-level experience.

Spurs ensured their end-of-season trip Down Under didn’t end in embarrassment as they came away with a 1-0 win on Saturday night.

MATCH REPORT: Sydney FC v Tottenham Hotspur

Arnold said afterwards he has been in constant dialogue with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino during their stay in Sydney and is planning a return trip to North London in the future.

 “It’s about building relationships,” Arnold said.

“We’re on the other side of the world and it’s always hard to break into and get opportunities to visit clubs in the UK.

“It’s not easy to get into clubs there and hopefully there’s an opportunity for Sydney FC, our coaching staff to go over and see what they do and to learn…some professional development.

“You’re talking about one of the best coaches in Europe and the staff that he’s got and the amount of young boys they bring through it would be a great opportunity for us.”

The Sky Blues would have taken a lot out of Saturday night’s clash with the EPL heavyweights in front of more than 70,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.

Arnold used a number of youngsters in the clash and they stood up to the challenge against some top-class opposition.

“I’m extremely proud of the players. We threw a lot of young boys out there tonight and gave them the opportunity,” the Sky Blues boss said.

“It was about the young boys getting experience with no pressure, in front of a big crowd and enjoying the moment of playing against a top class English Premier League side.

“Even for me it was a privilege to be so close to the action and see what quality they do have and the boys did extremely well and took the game to them.

“I thought they handled [the occasion] perfectly and it’s something for them to build on for next year.

“If you can handle those types of situations and your only 17, 18 against those types of quality players and do well it holds you in good stead for the future.”

Asked about England’s new sensation Harry Kane, who scored the decisive goal just before half-time, Arnold said: “He’s a class act and a great professional.

“They played in Malaysia only two nights ago, travelled all the way to Australian and probably still got jet lag in their legs.

“He could have played 45 minutes and just strolled around but he’s come out here and given his all for more than 80 minutes and he was special to watch.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Sky Blues with EPL champions Chelsea in town for a huge clash on Tuesday night.

Sydney will be boosted by the return of defender Jacques Faty for the clash after he missed out against Spurs through injury.

“There might be a little bit of fatigue but once you walk on that pitch and you see Chelsea in front of you and 80,000 in the stands the fatigue will go away and the adrenaline will kick in,” Arnold said.

“We’ll be ready.”