Sydney FC stars confident of mental edge over Melbourne Victory
Alex Brosque is certain Sydney FC's commanding recent record against Melbourne Victory will be weighing heavily on their rivals' minds ahead of Saturday night's do-or-die Semi Final.
The reigning Hyundai A-League champions have won seven straight against Kevin Muscat's men, who sealed a trip to Allianz Stadium with their late 2-1 win over Adelaide United on Sunday.
Having already prevailed in three Big Blue meetings this season, Sky Blues skipper Brosque believes his side are inside the heads of a team they beat on penalties in last year's Grand Final.
"We know how tough games against Melbourne have been in the past so to have seven wins in a row over them, no doubt it's playing on their mind. It's on our mind," the 34-year-old said.
"They'll maintain the Semi Final is a different game of football.
"But in front of our home crowd and with our home record we're very confident."
Brosque's view is shared by team-mate Michael Zullo, who is unconcerned by Victory's strong recent form.
"Regardless of what they've done since December, we win every time we play against Melbourne Victory," the left-back said.
"That's something we're taking into the weekend and we're using that confidence to put in a good performance.
"We're so motivated to cap off what's been a fantastic year."