It's clear to see now how much Ante Juric's ability to re-sign the bulk of his squad early in the campaign and settle the team heading into this season is paying off.

After shaking off the inevitable cobwebs in the opening 10 minutes, Sydney played the best football we've seen so far this season.

Even Shadeene Evans' last minute goal was characteristic of the fluid team play we've come to expect from Juric's team.

You couldn't ask for more than the combinations Foord, Siemsen, Teresa Polias, Sofia Huerta and Chloe Logarzo (just to name drop) were offering by the 20th minute mark. It was sensational football at times, made all the more impressive by the fact they remained so defensively solid simultaneously.

From Victory's perspective, we caught a few glimpses of their own quality there. Dowie is certainly the benchmark for a physical hold-up striker when she gets her back to goal in the box...perhaps that's who Siemsen's been watching?

But they couldn't the match the Sky Blues because they simply don't have that level of talent depth throughout the team. It's a confidence game and Sydney are streaks above the rest of the pack in round one.

The question now becomes, how fast can everyone else catch up?


Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory player ratings

Sydney FC showed how professional they are with a solid performance. Melbourne Victory have a lot of improvement to do if they are to get to where they were last year.


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