The Wanderers are ready to bury the ghosts of the past as they embark on a history making 2019/20 campaign. Wanderland is a buzz with excitement as the Wanderwomen head towards finals for the first time ever. Everyone is excited including the coach.
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Dean Heffernan admits his team is excited at the prospect of making history in season 2019/20.
The Wanderers travel to Morwell tomorrow to take on last years minor premiers Melbourne Victory. The Wanderers record against the Victory has hardly been anything to brag about over the past seven years with only one win in 11 W-League encounters, but the first year coach insists his team are ready to make up for the past in this season’s campaign.
“Yeah, look we have spoken a lot about creating history this year,” said Heffernan at his weekly press conference.
“Every weekend when we go into games there is some kind of history re written. It’s definitely the theme of our year. It’s a real exciting one.”
The Wanderers 100% start to the season has created plenty of excitement amongst the Red and Black faithful, with last Thursday night’s win in Brisbane underlining they are the real deal this season.
”By far our best performance,” said Heffernan. ”Our systems evolving, the players are helping to do that with their individual skills and abilities.
“We are set up well defensively. With the ball we are hard to stop at the moment.”
Heffernan was quick to point out the great working relationship between the players and the coaching staff, even pointing out how they are able to solve things on the run:
“That’s the most pleasing thing, we will tweak things during the game, and the girls will tell me this is not working or we need to change a little thing here and there.
“We are working together as a unit. So it’s really good like that.
“It’s a team effort. As I said we are evolving. I feel like we are in a really good space to keep cracking on and keep getting better.”
Heffernan admitted his team was looking forward to playing Victory this week, who are fresh off their Asian Champions League campaign.
“Another test, Victory were very good last year, very hard to break down,” he said. “They are a good side, they got some dangerous players. It's a good test for us and one we are looking forward too.”
Heffernan insists his team won’t take a jetlagged Victory too lightly, with the Victorians fresh off the plane from South Korea after a demanding and challenging week at Asia’s premier club tournament.
“It’s always a tough one in the legs in terms of travel, but in terms of galvanising a group and bringing players together, getting them to know each other a little bit better as a new squad, it can only be helpful for them as well,” said Heffernan.
“They won’t be making excuses.
"They won’t make it easy for us and we certainly won’t make it easy for them. It will be a really willing contest.”
Kick off at LaTrobe City Stadium is 4pm on Saturday with the match live on Kayo Sports.
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