Sydney FC star dreaming big in AFC Champions League

They've conquered all in the Hyundai A-League and Westfield FFA Cup, now Sydney FC want to show they can match it with Asia's best in the 2018 AFC Champions League.

The Sky Blues begin their ACL campaign on Wednesday night when they host K.League outfit Suwon Bluewings at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The club have dubbed their ACL tilt as the #QuestToBeTheBest, something the side has become accustomed to domestically over the last 18 months.

“I think we’re head and shoulders above the rest in Australia and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to represent our country in Asia, do our club and our country proud,” Sydney FC defender Michael Zullo said.

“Individually it’s just to keep the form going, play a part in a winning side, that’s the most important thing for me.

“The goal is to win the Champions League, that’s 100% the clear goal and what we are striving to do.

“I feel really good. I think all the hard work we’ve done in preseason and throughout the season leading up to this point has prepared us well.

“I think all the boys are in great shape and ready to perform. It’s been building all season to tomorrow night. We’re really excited to kick it off.

“Asian football is very high quality and they’ve done well in their competition last season to qualify so we’re expecting a tough match but we’re up for the challenge.

“You just have to be prepared for everything. We’ve done our analysis but they’re new players and teams we don’t play against every week, so this is just very exciting.”

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Head and shoulders above the rest, Zullo is expecting success in Asia. Photo by Jaime Castaneda

While Suwon may be short on match fitness with the K.League yet to begin, the Sydney squad are fit and firing.

And Zullo believes playing at home, in the Australian summer, will play in the Sky Blues’ favour on Wednesday night.

“I think it’s difficult to go from a cold temperature to a hot temperature, that’s something that’s going to be hard for them and something that we’re going to be looking to use to our advantage,” the in-form left-back said.

“We’ve done some analysis and looked into Suwon’s players, they’ve got their way of playing that they’ll try and work on and we’re more concerned more about our game than them and doing the things we do well that have been so good for us in the A-League.

“There’s little tweaks to our game every single week depending on who we play against and tomorrow night is no different. Of course there’s little things we’ll do to get the edge against them but we’ll keep them a secret for now."