A-League powerhouse Sydney FC have amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Milos Ninkovic (56′) and Alex Brosque (87′) took Sydney to 66 points from 27 games, one point more than the mark of 65 set by Ange Postecoglou’s Brisbane side in 2011.
“It’s still hard to fathom. Sixty-six points out of 81 — it’s crazy,” coach Graham Arnold said.
However, he was quick to play down any comparisons to Brisbane Roar.
“We don’t compare ourselves to Brisbane Roar. They were a fantastic team and Ange [Postecoglou] did a wonderful job,” Arnold told Fox Sports.
“All we’ve tried to do is create history with points and stats.”
“We clearly know that’s one trophy. The bigger one is coming and we’ll focus on that.”
“At the end of the day, it’s a wonderful debate [to have] of who is better.”
When asked about player performances after the match, Arnold had nothing but praises for skipper Brosque.
“Brosquey’s such a winner. The passion shows and the energy that runs off him onto the other players is wonderful.”
Brosque, 33, has been immense this season after a 2015/16 campaign impacted by injury.
However, this season was the first time he has scored 10+ goals in an A-League season.
Sydney’s fans will celebrate all night long as their club lift the Premiers Plate, Sydney’s first piece of silverware in seven seasons.