Despite entering the finals in sixth-place, Western Sydney Wanderers players believe they can hoist their first A-League championship.
Ahead of this Friday’s elimination final against the Brisbane Roar in Brisbane, Wanderers midfielder Terry Antonis said there is no reason the side can’t go all the way.
“Finals are always difficult because anything can happen,” he said.
“You don’t get another chance – there’s just one chance and that’s it.”
After joining the Wanderers mid-season, the 23-year-old Antonis brings with him the heartbreak of a grand final loss from 2015 with Sydney FC.
With Western Sydney still raw from last year’s defeat to Adelaide, Antonis said the pain of the loss will drive the side’s finals campaign.
“The boys have it in the back of their minds but we’ve got to go out there this campaign and do whatever we can to make sure we win the grand final,” he said.
The Roar will have their own demons for the clash after last season’s semi-final.
Brisbane led 3-0 before the Wanderers mounted a stunning comeback to win 5-4 in extra-time.
Against a strong Roar attack, Antonis said the Wanderers should worry about their own game.
“They’ve got good players so we just need to be on our game,” he said. “I think when we’re on our game, it’s going to be difficult to beat us.”