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Brosque dares Perth to park bus in semi

NZN 24/04/2017 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque has fired a warning to A-League semi-final adversaries Perth - park your bus on Allianz Stadium's pitch and we'll have it towed.

The Sky Blues' record-breaking season will go on the line on Saturday, when a momentum-driven Glory stand between them and the grand final.

Brosque insists the cut-throat nature of the contest isn't weighing on the premiers, who are content their near-flawless campaign will continue under finals pressure.

Rather, the focus is the 11 goals they've put past Perth over three resounding regular-season wins.

And the 33-year-old heaped the pressure on Kenny Lowe's successful travellers, cautioning that any temptation to sit back and absorb Sydney's rampant attack will be promptly punished.

"They tried to park the bus against us in our last match down there and held out for a certain amount of time," Brosque said.

"But we fed off that to be honest - we saw they were sitting back on us and started to put more pressure on them and they stayed further and further in their own half.

"We scored a few goals and you could see the confidence drain right out of them.

"If they do that, the further the ball will be from their attacking players - the players who can hurt us."

Perth have tightened up in defence, evidenced by Dino Djulbic's gritty man-of-the-match shift against City, while their strength undoubtedly lies in an attack led by star trio Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart and Diego Castro.

Yet while they carry confidence from Sunday's 2-0 elimination-final win over City, the overriding memory of Sydney is one of being utterly dominated.

A confident Brosque suggested the Glory might be in trouble whichever way they set up, citing Sydney's ability to control an open game.

Coach Graham Arnold has a full cohort ready to go, with all signs signalling that game-changing playmaker Milos Ninkovic will be fit having returned to training a week after an ankle injury against Newcastle.

Should Arnold's side reign, the wait will be on to learn whether they'll host Melbourne Victory or Brisbane in the grand final.

Brosque is tipping the Roar to get the job done at AAMI Park on Sunday.

"Melbourne Victory will be a bit concerned about the form that they took into this game," he said.

"They had the week off to refresh but Brisbane are in good form.

"If there is one team that can go and upset Melbourne down there it will be Brisbane, and I am tipping Brisbane."

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