Postecoglou awaits Sydney FC

Sydney FC midfielder Luke Brattan has vowed to play some of the “good football” he learnt under master mentor Ange Postecoglou as he attempts to get the better of his former coach in Qatar on Friday night.

The Sky Blues complete their latest AFC Champions League campaign with a match against Postecoglou’s Japanese team Yokohama F. Marinos.

The result will have no bearing on the next step of each team, with Group H leaders Yokohama having already secured a place in the round of 16, and Sydney returning home straight after the match after failing to grab a top-two group berth.

However, the match remains important for a Sydney side desperate to prove they belong among Asia’s elite clubs, and as preparation for the upcoming A-League season.

Brattan was at Brisbane Roar when Postecoglou led the club to back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 with an exciting brand of football that had not previously been seen in the A-League.

“He’s a fantastic coach and he’s done great things for Australia and now in Japan as well,” Brattan said of the former Roar, Melbourne Victory and Socceroos coach.

“He gave me my first shot at Brisbane. I respect him so highly as a coach and as a person as well.

“They (Yokohama) play some fantastic football and they’re top of the group for a reason.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge but we’ve got nothing to lose. We’ll go out, try to play good football and hopefully get a result.”

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Postecoglou is on a mission to lead Yokohama to the club’s first AFC Champions League title after guiding them to Japanese top-flight glory in 2019.

“We missed out on the league this year, got knocked out in the semi-final of the cup, so just to be able to achieve something this year, it just adds belief to us as a club and to everyone involved, that we can do these things,” Postecoglou told the AFC website.

“There’s still a lot ahead of us. and as a club we’re not yet at the stature of the some of the other clubs competing here, but we’ve progressed over time, and success, in one form or another, is the best way to build.

“It was important, because we’ve had a disappointing year in the league, in an extraordinary year, and to still be able to say we’ve made progress is important.”

Brattan felt Sydney had made progression in Qatar, with their last-start 4-0 thrashing of Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG reward for dominating earlier group matches without taking advantage of their opportunities.

“It was good to finally get the result,” said Brattan, who returned from a hamstring injury to score against Shanghai.

“The first couple of games we played well. We just didn’t take our chances, and over here the standard is very high, and you play against players that are on millions and millions of dollars.

“They get their chance and they punish you and we copped that a couple of times. We dominated games and didn’t get the result.”

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