Team of the Week | Round 17
We are Sky Blue this week in Team of the Week town, with Sydney FC getting five players in the squad after demolishing Wellington.
GK: Vedran Janjetovic - Sydney conceded a goal but he couldn-t have been expected to do anything about that one, and in general he gave a superb performance; claiming crosses, repelling shots and dominating the game at the back, Sydney-s young stopper had by far the best display of any keeper on the weekend.
LB: Fabio - He hasn-t featured in this column since he turned Labinot Haliti purple back in the first Sydney Derby, but he fired up against Wellington, decided to use his pace and was very, very dangerous in attack. Great game.
CB: Trent Sainsbury - I might just make Saino an automatic selection for this team, because he is the best Central Defender in the league right now. ‘King Zwanny- may have taught him a thing or two because his passing and timing of tackles are both sensational, but his young legs allow him to do things Zwaanswijk can-t right now. He commands the penalty area and did so again against the Jets.
CB: Nikolai Topor-Stanley - AKA ‘The Wall- and we don-t mean the average WCW sports entertainer of the early 2000-s, gets his body in the right spots all the time and while he may not be the most agile his imposing figure gets in the way more often than not. I reckon he makes Ante Covic a pretty happy keeper too because when 'The Wall' is there, Covic isn-t flinging himself to the ground.
RB: Jerome Polenz - Maybe he doesn-t get the wraps he deserves for his football or his girlfriend, because The Scout spied her at the tennis and let-s just say Jerome does alright, but he again showed his value to the Wanderers when teeing up Mark Bridge and also through his hard covering work in defence.
DM: Mark Milligan - He may not be the man who gets all the wraps at the Victory but you certainly notice the huge gap when he isn-t there. While he-s no Kevin Muscat in the aggression stakes Milligan plays the old Muscat role of distributor so well and he can score a goal, while the Victory-s attack didn-t really click at the weekend, his starch in the middle of defence was key.
MF: Jason Culina - While Del Piero stole the show it would be hard not to notice the continued improvement Culina is showing as he gets fitter. His combination with Del Piero is getting better and his finish was off the top shelf, now if only Brett Emerton could find his long lost form the Sky Blues would be flying.
MF: Richard Garcia - A bundle of energy in the Herat midfield, Garcia was up and down all night and always a threat. His direct running makes him Heart-s most likely source of attack, he rarely gives the ball away and he topped off a fine display with a well-taken goal after Matt Thompson-s hard work.
ACM: Alessandro Del Piero - The most famous footballer ever to grace our league added another notch to his already bulging resume with his first ever four-goal-haul. He also had a hand in two of Sydney-s other three goals in what was termed a master class. We wholeheartedly concur.
F: David Williams - Williams has to be one of the A-League-s great never-quite-delivers talents. This was one of those nights where he came close to doing what we all think he should, running at Adelaide, opening space and causing trouble. A goal would have made it better, but you can-t have everything.
F: Joel Griffiths - Sydney FC-s newest recruit provided that polished target they had been so sorely missing for much of the season and though he said post match he wasn-t fit he gave Sydney plenty. The sure touch of an experienced and highly skilled striker being one of those things and his finish for the opening goal was a true ‘strikers- finish.