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Arnold, van 't Schip up for FFA Cup battle

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Ben McKay

For the first time, the A-League's top two sides meet in the FFA Cup decider and both Sydney FC and Melbourne City are carrying the confidence that strong league form brings into the showpiece match.

Both Graham Arnold and John van 't Schip have declared their sides ready to triumph in the AAMI Park decider, with the Sky Blues coach showing the belief in his unbeaten side.

"We have to win and we will win," Arnold said on Tuesday.

"We're confident. It's going to be a wonderful occasion with a big crowd."

Like Arnold, van 't Schip is in no mood to talk the occasion down.

"Tomorrow night is the most important game for the club in its history, that's very clear," he said.

"Everybody knows the club is putting a lot of effort in. Everybody is really looking forward and building until this moment.

"Finals are there to win.

"Tomorrow is a big game to see and make sure we can do those things on the big stage."

A win for Sydney FC would be their first since their A-League championship in 2010.

Should Melbourne City triumph, their senior men's side would bring home a trophy after seeing their W-League and National Youth League side do so in the past year.

But picking a winner is a tough ask.

Sydney FC benefit from an extra day off but have yielded home ground advantage to City, who were controversially awarded hosting rights by FFA.

Arnold isn't making that an excuse for his players.

"Playing here in Melbourne is fantastic," he said.

"We've had good results down here in the past. It's a beautiful stadium, great surface, good atmosphere. There will be a couple thousand Sydney FC fans that travel down. It doesn't bother us at all."

Even with just two clear days between matches, van 't Schip said his side was perfectly prepared to perform.

"With a final, mentally something happens with the player that (makes) everybody up for it," he said, clearing Nicolas Colazo (ear) and Osama Malik (adductor) to contend for the squad.

"You don't feel the little pains that you normally feel."

The Dutchman said Tim Cahill would feature after starting on the bench in Sunday's win over Wellington.

"Tim is a player for big games so he will definitely have a big role," he said.

On the importance of the match, the two coaches agreed, and they both aligned on how they wanted to win it - before the end of extra time to avoid a penalty shoot-out.

"It'll be over by then," Arnold said.

"Same answer," van 't Schip replied, with both coaches laughing.

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