Wanderers not fazed by semi opponent

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They’re just one game away from their second straight A-League grand final but Western Sydney are yet to find out not just who they’ll play in their major semi but also when and where they’ll play them.


Having finished second on the ladder, the Wanderers sit out this weekend and await the highest-placed winner of the opening finals week in the semi finals.

Their opponent could be Central Coast, Melbourne Victory or Sydney FC.

Should they face either Victory or the Mariners, the Wanderers will host the game at Parramatta Stadium on March 26, but a match-up with Sydney will move the encounter to ANZ Stadium a day earlier.

But Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says where, and who, they play won’t bother them in the slightest.

“We’ll watch the games on the weekend and we’ll very soon find out who we’re up against,” Popovic said on Thursday.

“I think at this stage, it is sudden death so whoever earns the right to come and play against us we look forward to it.

“You have to beat everyone to be the champions so whoever it is we welcome them.”

Having just returned from their impressive 2-0 Asian Champions League triumph away to Korean giants Ulsan Hyundai, the Wanderers sit top of their group, with a win against Guizhou Renhe at Parramatta Stadium on Tuesday booking their spot in the knockout stages of their maiden ACL campaign.

The victory was a stark contrast to their previous clash against Ulsan two months ago when the Wanderers were handed a 3-1 defeat and a footballing lesson by the former ACL champions.

Popovic says it’s proof of how much the Wanderers have improved.

The coach says the ACL victory has left his side high on confidence and primed for their A-League semi-final.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to get through to the next round which we can do on Tuesday and then we’re equally as proud of finishing second in the A-League, which is a great achievement,” he said.

“We’re one game away from getting another shot at the grand final.”

The Wanderers have struggled to find the back of the net this season and while they create several chances their conversion rate is the lowest in the league.

But Popovic is hoping their 3-2 win over Melbourne Heart last week shows they’ve regained goal-scoring form.

“The quality is there, the chances we are creating, and now I sure hope it’s a sign of more goals to come,” he said.

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