Skip to main content


  • tour 2015 sydney preview
Subscribe to newsfeed 

Tour 2015 - Sydney match previews

Posted on 30 May 2015  - 07:30

Ryan Mason has tapped into some inside knowledge of Sydney FC from a former team-mate - and expects a test in the AIA Cup at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday (8pm local time, 11am UK).

Graham Arnold, Jacques Faty, Seb Ryall, Harry, Ryan, Mauricio and Jesus Perez at the press conference

Ryan played alongside Massimo Luongo for our Under-21s before a season together when Ryan was on loan at Swindon Town in 2013-14 and our former Academy graduate and Australian international - who joined QPR last week - has given his fellow midfielder the rundown on the A-League side.

"Everyone knows that Del Piero came over here to play and that was a big thing for Australian football," said Ryan, who enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough campaign for us last season.

"I've also a good mate in Massimo Luongo who I played with for a number of years, so we know the standard is good and I'm sure it will be a real test for us."

Mauricio Pochettino also expected a test from a Sydney team that finished second in the A-League and then runners-up in the Grand Final.

"It's been a long season but this is a great experience for us, a great opportunity to enjoy a game and we're all looking forward to it," he said.

Meanwhile, Sydney FC are determined to put on a show. “It’s our obligation to give our best performance,” said coach Graham Arnold. “We’re representing Australia, we’re representing the A-League, Tottenham are doing the same and every time I send a team on the field it’s about winning, we don’t go out to lose.

“I grew up watching Tottenham play, it’s a wonderful opportunity for us on Saturday night to test ourselves against an English Premier League team.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the A-League worldwide and I’m very excited by the occasion."