Graham Arnold laments Asian Champions League “step up in class”

Graham Arnold laments Asian Champions League “step up in class”


Graham Arnold says Sydney FC’s Asian Champions League defeat against Suwon Bluewings should serve as a “wakeup call” for the club.

The Sky Blues suffered a potentially damaging 2-0 home defeat against the K-League Classic side on matchday one at Allianz Stadium.

Montenegran Dejan Damjanovic scored a second half double to send Bluewings home with all three points, leaving Sydney at the bottom of Group H.

Sydney failed to register a shot on target, with each of their six attempts on No Dong-geon’s goal going astray.

The home loss left an unusual feeling of disappointment in front of the crowd of some 6,000 predominantly Sydney fans, having seen their team go unbeaten at home in the A-League since May 2016.

Arnold told Fox Sports after the game that his side needed to be braver in front of goal.

“It’s obviously a step up in class and a step up in quality and we’ll learn from this and I’m sure that we’ll come back strong,” he said.

“The opposition’s a step up in quality but we looked a bit flat and we didn’t take the chances … to be brave in front of goal.

“I thought the first half was quite even, second half we got stretched a little bit.

“It could be a good wakeup call for everyone I think: players, staff, everyone.

“We’ll have a good look at the game again.”

Sydney next travel to China where they will face Shanghai Shenhua, who drew 1-1 against Kashima Antlers in Japan.