van’t Schip: It’s not just another game

City Head Coach John van’t Schip has declared Wednesday’s Westfield FFA Cup Final as the Club’s most important match as his side looks to win the men’s side’s first piece of silverware.

The Dutchman spoke to the media on Tuesday in a joint press conference with Sydney FC and made it clear that his side will do anything they can to climb the steps at AAMI Park and lift the cup trophy.

Focus shifted to Wednesday’s match moments after the final whistle on Sunday against Wellington and the Head Coach is confident his side will be firing for the Final.

“Our focus has been on that and now the focus is totally on the Final,” van’t Schip said.

“In the back of our mind of course it’s there because it’s on TV, you see the promotion and we heard there are still tickets available so we’d like to invite even more fans to come and watch the game.

“These are great games. The players and coaches are looking forward to it as well.

“It’s normal if you’re playing a final that you want to win it. Everybody knows that the Club is putting a lot of effort in. We as coaching staff, players, administration; everybody’s really looking forward and building towards this moment.

“Reaching the final means that you want to win the final as well. That’s what Finals are for; to win.”

The pressure of the Club’s first final isn’t fazing van’t Schip, who says he has the right players in the team to foster a winning mentality, but believes the side’s football will be doing the talking on Wednesday night.

“Our group is very experienced,” he said.

“We have players that have played at a very high level. We have players that have won things. We have enough players in the team who know how to deal with that, we are not worried about that.”

“We’re just thinking about ourselves and the way we want to play because that’s the most important thing.”

“We want to continue the way that we can play. We play against an opponent so it’s always adapting certain things. When we have the ball we want to do the things we think we are able to do.

“It’s a big game to see and make sure that those things we can do on the big stage. We’re not changing things up because it’s a Final. It’s more like a big occasion to show what you want to do on the pitch.”

City take on the Westfield FFA Cup Final on Wednesday at AAMI Park, kick-off 7.30pm. Click here to get your tickets for the match!