Sky Blues ready for tough A-L schedule

Anna Harrington
Kosta Barbarouses (left) was among the Sydney goalscorers in Saturday's win over Melbourne Victory

After Sydney FC manoeuvred their way through a difficult schedule, coach Steve Corica is confident the A-League leaders can maintain their focus in another busy fortnight to come.

Between their A-League and Asian Champions League campaigns, the Sky Blues played three games in eight days and five in 18, culminating in Saturday night's 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

Sydney will have a week's break before facing fellow top-four sides Perth next Saturday and Wellington in a rescheduled game the following Wednesday - then round out their week with a Saturday clash with Western Sydney.

"(We handle the situation) the same way we tried to do it this week - just freshening up some bodies and keeping them fresh as much as we can," Corica said.

"We've got Perth next week, we've got Wellington mid-week and then we've got Wanderers, so what a great three games to look forward to."

Sydney will finish the round at least 10 points clear of Melbourne City, Perth and Wellington but Corica shrugged off any suggestion of his team losing concentration.

"There's a lot of games to go, we still have a lot of Champions League games as well. It won't be that hard to keep them focused," Corica said.

"This is a team that wants to keep winning, they want to keep doing the right thing, they work very hard at training.

"We have our fun along the way but we set our goals out at the start if the year and it's not just winning trophies - there's other things they've set and they want to achieve that, so they're on track to do that."

The Sky Blues are set for a personnel boost, too, with Michael Zullo, Chris Zuvela and Luke Ivanovic to make welcome returns to training this week.