We don’t fear the physical. That's the approach from Sydney FC striker Bobo ahead of Saturday's blockbuster Hyundai A-League Semi Final against the fearsome Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium.
FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE
Before Glory's win over Melbourne City in last Sunday’s Elimination Final, Perth striker Andy Keogh was unapologetic about his side's rugged approach.
“Football is a physical game,” he told reporters prior to his side’s 2-0 win.
“You don’t win games by not being physical,” he said.
Glory’s subsequent 2-0 win propelled them into another winner-takes-all clash with the runaway premiers.
Before heading down under, Bobo had nine seasons in Turkey, including a five-year stint at Besiktas where he scored 60 goals in 144 appearances.
And rugged play has long been a hallmark of the Turkish Super Lig.
“I’m used to it,” the Brazilian striker told reporters through an interpreter.
“It doesn't worry me because in Turkey they were pretty rough as well.
"It's no different here to the way they play elsewhere in the world,” he said.
BACK TO SQUARE ONE FOR BOBO AND CO.
Bobo has been a standout in his debut season for the Sky Blues, scoring 15 goals, including one in each of Sydney FC's three meetings with Perth Glory.
In fact, Sydney netted 11 goals in those three games, all of which they won comfortably.
But the Brazilian was quick to dismiss the past.
"Perth have a good defence," he said.
"That's why they are in the semi-finals.
"But we have to stay focused on the things that have helped us to win many times this season," he added.