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The Axe fires up Roar for Sydney FC clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017 Laine Clark

Brisbane A-League coach John Aloisi hoped to be inspired when he invited Queensland State of Origin great Trevor Gillmeister to speak ahead of Friday night's blockbuster with Sydney FC.

It's fair to say Gillmeister delivered.

Aloisi's Roar received an inspirational call to arms at Thursday training from Gillmeister, who claimed the undefeated ladder leaders would "fold" if put under pressure at Suncorp Stadium.

"One thing about the NSW blokes - if you put them under pressure, they turn into individuals and they work for themselves, and they're a bit selfish," Gillmeister told the Roar squad.

"That's across all footy codes. Put them under the pump and I reckon they'll fold."

It appeared Gillmeister's address ticked all boxes for Aloisi.

"Someone like Gilly knows what it takes to win important games," he said.

"It would be great if they did fold like he said.

"Maybe Gilly can see the future, hopefully."

The Roar have adopted a state against state Origin-like mentality in a bid to stop the Sydney FC juggernaut.

The Sky Blues have an 11-point ladder lead and enjoy a 16-point buffer on third-placed Brisbane.

Adding to the Origin feel, the Roar will also don a maroon jersey for the A-League clash.

Aloisi seemed keen to fan the rivalry flames.

"They (Sydney FC) don't like coming up here - we all know that," he said.

"We are looking forward to that rivalry."

Three straight wins have buoyed Brisbane in a demanding week.

They are backing up from Tuesday night's 6-0 thumping of Filipino side Global FC in their Asian Champions League (ACL) qualifier at Suncorp Stadium.

Then after Friday night's blockbuster, the Roar will fly out to China for a must-win ACL playoff on Tuesday with Carlos Tevez's cashed-up Shanghai Shenhua.

But Aloisi said they had that winning feeling despite being without the suspended Brandon Borrello who scored four against Global.

"The boys' spirits are very high," he said.

"The last three games have been excellent for us.

"Confidence is high, especially here at home - we know how good we can be here."

Aloisi predicted a new-look team against Sydney FC as he juggled players through the tough schedule.

"It will be a different side but, a month ago, we started rotating players, making sure players come into games as fresh as possible, ready to go," he said.

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