Adelaide coach labels Sydney FC 'beatable'

Pamela Whaley
Adelaide's George Blackwood (l) battles Ryan McGowan of Sydney during Saturday's A-League defeat

Adelaide United coach Gertjan Verbeek has labelled A-League championship favourites Sydney FC as "beatable" following Saturday night's 2-1 loss.

The Dutch manager admitted he has not seen a better team than the top-of-table Sky Blues in the league, but warned anything can happen in the play-offs.

"We have to learn from this game and until now I have not seen a better team than Sydney in this league," he said.

"I think we showed in our home game and now again that they are beatable.

"Even for us, even for less quality, we can beat them.

"I think they're the best chance to become champions this year but you never know in the playoffs.

"Sometimes you have to be lucky and today we weren't lucky at all."

Saturday night's match at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium was the second time the Reds have lost to Steve Corica's men by a goal this season, and have been unable to beat them across the past 11 matches.

However, for sixth-placed Adelaide, Verbeek takes the close battle as a positive moving towards their round 14 game against Perth.

All he needs to see from his team is consistency.

"That's football. You can play good and lose the game and you can play bad and win the game," he said.

"I think we are in the process and on the right way and the players will get better and better. I hope in the new year we will get more points."