Arnie: Sky Blues ‘biggest club in Sydney’

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says both his club and Melbourne Victory share similarities, including being top dog in their respective cities.

“Of course there is [respect],” Arnold conceded at Saturday’s official pre-match press conference when asked about his opponent in Sunday's Hyundai A-League Grand Final. 

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“Our goal is to get to the top like Melbourne Victory.

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“They’ve got wonderful fans, they’ve got great backing, great infrastructure.

“And we’re the same.

“And it’s a great rivalry [the Big Blue] between the two states.”

Sydney FC and Victory both have "noisy neighbours" in their respective cities - Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City - with clubs that came into the league in recent years and have won trophies in their time. 

But it's Victory and Sydney FC - the runaway premiers and arguably the greatest ever A-League side - who'll contest the season's showpiece event at Allianz Stadium on Sunday. 

Sydney FC play host to Melbourne Victory in a bllockbuster 1 v 2 clash at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

“They [Victory] claim, and they are, the biggest club in Melbourne," Arnold declared. 

“We’re the biggest club in Sydney," he added.