'We can’t give them many moments': Babbel urges 90 minutes of concentration ahead of Sydney Derby

Markus Babbel has urged his Western Sydney Wanderers side to avoid simple errors in this Saturday night's Sydney Derby.

A sloppy Wanderers error allowed Perth Glory to open the scoring in their Round 1 fixture, and the German boss says his charges must avoid complacency against a ruthless Sydney FC side.

Babbel has already seen how destructive Sydney FC can be in the final third, having watched Steve Corica’s men beat the Wanderers 3-0 in an FFA Cup Semi Final earlier this month.

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And further mistakes at the back in Saturday night's Derby at the Sydney Cricket Ground could prove fatal for the Red and Black.

“This [Sydney] is an experienced team,” he said.

“They know what they want to do. To be fair, now, [I] watched against us, I saw them against Adelaide.

“If they get a chance to score, this is unbelievable. [In those two matches] they had four chances, they scored four goals.

“[It is] fantastic, what they do in front of goal. So we have to know if we do easy mistakes, they will hurt us.

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“We have to concentrate over 90 minutes [with] very hard work, because they’re waiting for the moment [of an error].

“We can’t give them many moments.”


Babbel continued to heap praise on Sydney FC before dubbing his team the “worst team in the league”.

“We know it’s a difficult game because this is a good side,” he said.

“Again, [they] are one of the favourites of the title.

“We are the worst team in the league, so we try to get a result again, you know.

“We know it’s not easy, but if we can bring our performance on the pitch, then I think we have a good chance to get a result.

“If not, Sydney are too strong.”

Keeper feeling good again

Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic will come up against his former side in the Derby.

And despite a pelvic injury causing him some concern in the off-season, the 31-year-old goalkeeper is feeling fit and ready for action.

“It’s obviously an exciting time for us,” he said.

“Derbies are always a good game, enjoyable, so I don’t expect anything less from this one.

“Everything’s fine now [with the injury]. We’ve ironed out all the kinks. 

“It was a long time that I’ve had that injury... it was something that was lingering around from last year.

“[I have] just modified [training] a little bit here and there, just play with it, see how it reacts week to week… couple of injections, stuff like that.

“[I] just have to manage it for the time being and eventually it will go away.”

Vedran Janjetovic