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Sky Blues target soccer triple crown

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Emma Kemp

They're yet to make their first FFA Cup semi-final appearance but Sydney FC already have their eyes on bigger prizes this season.

A rejuvenated Sky Blues are aiming to do what only staunch rivals Melbourne Victory have before - claim the A-League premiership-championship double and the FFA Cup.

Their quest for the latter continues on Wednesday night when Sydney play Blacktown City for a place in the final four.

With just three weeks until Graham Arnold's side begin their A-League road to redemption in a blockbuster opening-round Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium, extra touches are being added to a strengthened attack featuring marquee Brazilian striker Bobo, returned fan favourite Bernie Ibini and recovered captain Alex Brosque.

Winger David Carney said a new high-pressing, high-intensity style developed during the pre-season suited his team, who would use their last hit-out to push their case for A-League starting spots.

"To win the (A-League) Championship, you have to have that competition for spots" Carney told AAP.

"Our aim is to win all three cups, and we've got the team to do it.

"We've played well so far. We played really well against Perth (in the round of 16) and won 2-0 but we really should have won about 5-0.

"If we can carry that form into tomorrow's game and get into the semi-final, we can go into the A-League with confidence."

Arnold remains coy about who will make up his XI against the Demons on the artificial pitch at Sydney's Edensor Park, his former playing ground to where the game has been moved for broadcasting purposes.

But he has revealed Bobo will start, adding valuable minutes to the Besiktas record goalscorer's brief appearance off the bench against Glory and longer stint in last week's friendly loss to Victory.

Winger Ibini won't be risked as he nears a comeback from the broken leg that had ruined his debut season at Belgian outfit Club Brugge, but will get game time in a closed trial match next week against Adelaide United.

With a crowd of up to 5000 expected, the quarter-final shapes as Blacktown City's biggest game since they left the NSL in 1990.

Coach Mark Crittenden's squad will be no pushover, with several ex-A-League players in the fold among other talents including winger Danny Choi, who is set to sign with reigning A-League champions Adelaide United.

"It'll be a big game for those boys and we know they'll be fully up for it," Carney said.

"They seem like they've got some good players so we have to be careful.

"But with the quality we've got, if we all play to the level we can, we should overcome them."

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