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Syd can be Invincibles, City want FFA Cup

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6 days ago Emma Kemp

Sydney FC can try to become the A-League's Invincibles but Melbourne City are set on lifting the FFA Cup trophy, says midfielder Neil Kilkenny.

Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold last week challenged his side to finish their domestic league campaign unbeaten.

Kilkenny, who came through Arsenal's academy while Thierry Henry was leading the Gunners to their famous undefeated 2003-04 English Premier League season, was unfazed by the rhetoric.

Two days before hosting Sydney in Wednesday night's FFA Cup final at AAMI Park, the 30-year-old said the club's desire for a first piece of silverware could not be stronger.

"You have to respect them. They're a decent team, we know that," Kilkenny said.

"Fair play if they want to do that, that's obviously their aim.

"Everyone's got aims - our aim is to win on Wednesday night."

Kilkenny is no stranger to big games, having played in the the 2011 Asian Cup final with the Socceroos and play-off finals in England, along with Leeds United's famous third-round 2010 FA Cup defeat of fierce rivals Manchester United.

Now he has the chance to do it on one of the biggest stages in Australian domestic football with a franchise hungry to succeed.

"It's a club going places. The City group have put a lot of money into the club and it's a fantastic facility we have here," Kilkenny said.

"They want success as much as us ... that's what they drum into you when you sign.

"When you play for big teams you have to bring success, so it's very important to win on Wednesday night."

Kilkenny will play despite picking up his fifth A-League yellow card in Sunday's confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Wellington.

Despite the tight turnaround, coach John van 't Schip has ensured he'll have virtually a full complement of players to choose from after leaving Tim Cahill, Bruce Kamau and Nicolas Colazo on the bench for a large chunk of the Phoenix match.

Colazo finally returned to the pitch in a 15-minute cameo seven weeks after having surgery on a burst ear drum sustained during the first clash with the Phoenix in round one.

The former Boca Juniors winger wasn't sure if he was ready for 90 minutes but wanted to play some part on Wednesday.

"It was important for me to take confidence that I can stay on the pitch again," Colazo said.

"I feel alright, thanks to the support of my partner, the coach, my family and the doctor."

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