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Glory query Sydney FC's excitement value

NZN 26/04/2017 By Justin Chadwick

The 2016-17 Sydney FC outfit are the greatest A-League team of all time, but are they the most exciting?

That's the question Perth Glory skipper Rostyn Griffiths is posing ahead of Saturday night's semi-final showdown at Allianz Stadium.

The Sky Blues are hot favourites to win this season's championship after losing just one game during the regular season.

Their points tally of 66 is the highest ever in A-League history, eclipsing the previous best mark of 65 set by the Roar in 2011 when the competition was three matches longer.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is the master of mind games heading in to big matches, however, Griffiths couldn't help but send a subtle dig of his own when questioned about the Sky Blues' greatness.

"Statistics don't lie. They've got the most points. They've scored the most goals, and conceded the least goals," Griffiths said.

"If you break it down like that, they're the best team the A-League has ever seen.

"But have they been the most exciting? That's the big question.

"I don't really care about excitement. At the end of the day it comes down to results.

"So for me they've been the best team in the A-League."

Griffiths insists most of the pressure will be on Sydney in the winner-takes-all clash.

Glory's form has fluctuated throughout the season on their way to a fifth-placed finish, with their leaky defence a major concern throughout the campaign.

Perth secured a semi-final berth with an upset 2-0 win over Melbourne City at AAMI Park last Sunday.

They face an even bigger challenge in toppling Sydney, who won all three games against the Glory this season by a total of 11 goals to two.

"In a sense, there's less pressure on us, because everyone expects them to win," Griffiths said.

"After the season they've had, everyone expects them to get in to the grand final.

"And if they don't, I guess their season will ultimately be deemed as not successful because that's the way the A-League is set up."

Griffiths has revealed his team will change their tactics heading in to Saturday's match.

Instead of attacking on the counter like they did against City, Glory are set to be more attacking against Sydney.

"They're a team that can punish you if you let them keep the ball the whole time," Griffiths said.

"So I think we're going to have to take the game a bit more to them."

Glory defender Dino Djulbic is confident his side can prove the doubters wrong by pulling off an upset win; and is interested in how Sydney FC players deal with lofty expectations their record-breaking feats have placed on them.

"We'll see on the day if they can handle it or not," Djulbic said.

"We'll see if they've got big enough players."

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