Sydney FC get the chance to showcase the A-League to the world tomorrow night when they meet a full-strength Tottenham Hotspur at ANZ Stadium
It will be a tough task for the Sky Blues: Tottenham include stars like Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela, Andros Townsend as well as Harry Kane.
Forward Kane, 21, was second highest scorer in the English Premier League this season, second only to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. He and his teammates will get a huge reception at ANZ Stadium which holds twice as many people as their White Hart Lane home ground.
The eight-time FA Cup winners touched down in Sydney yesterday morning after a victory over Malaysia XI.
In a press conference in Sydney, Kane seemed to be all systems go and business as usual: “I love football. I love playing the game and obviously the season’s gone very well. I just want to keep playing.
“I think we’ve got a great chance of winning … that’d be great and then once that’s over I’ll have a little break and then focus on next season and trying to maintain my form.”
Although it is a friendly, the crowd can expect big performances.
Spurs defender Ryan Mason believes Tottenham reportedly has a good knowledge of the Australian soccer environment because he and Socceroo Massimo Luongo were trained through the Tottenham club system and they learned a lot from former Sydney FC import Alessandro Del Piero.
One of Kane’s big challenges will be central defence workhorse and midfielder Jacques Faty, who has defended against the likes of Carlos Tevez, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.
The match kicks off at 8pm Saturday. – Joseph Walz
Photo from Pete Nowakowski’s Flickr photostream.