Sydney FC are in a class of their own – domestically.
Twelve points clear atop the A-League ladder and riding a tidal wave of momentum, the Sky Blues next seek to dominate the best that Asian football has to offer in the AFC Champions League.
While some doubt Sydney’s capacity to triumph over cashed-up Asian clubs unburdened by salary cap restrictions, striker Matt Simon believes his side can win the tournament.
“Yeah (we can win the Champions League), that’s the goal. It doesn’t matter who we play, we want to win,” Simon told dailyfootballshow.com.
“Every member of the playing group is keen to go as far as possible in the tournament and we’re expecting to do that.”
A bullish Sydney kick off the campaign against Korean giants Suwon Bluewings on Wednesday night.
And having played in three previous Champions Leagues for both Sydney and Central Coast Mariners, Simon believes his side has an edge over its Korean opponents.
“Sometimes playing against Asian teams you get a lot more time on the ball, they don’t necessarily like to press as much as Australian teams and we benefit from the fact that they’re still in preseason at the moment,” he added.
“They’ve had to travel from a Korean winter to an Australian summer and we’ve got a strong home record that we’re eager to keep in tact.
“We’re really confident.”
While the lethal form of Brazilian striker Bobo has kept the fan favourite on the bench of late, Simon is poised to receive some valuable playing time in the Champions League.
“Bobo’s picked up where he left off last year and he’s on fire at the moment,” Simon added.
“I’m just happy to do my part for the team whenever called upon.
“More games means more opportunity for the players who haven’t been playing to get time, so that’s something that motivates me.”
While Simon hopes for some playing time, Suwon-based Socceroos defender Matt Jurman will miss out on a Sydney homecoming through injury.
Jurman made 96 appearances across five seasons for Sydney.