Sydney FC players have denounced the standard of Allianz Stadium’s pitch and expressed relief it will be re-turfed in time for their A-League semifinal.
Commensurate with heavy cross-code traffic this time of year, wholesale nfl jerseys the Sky Blues played their final AFC Champions League group game — a goalless draw with Shanghai Shenhua — on a bumpy surface.
Polish star Adrian Mierzejewski led the criticism, bemoaning the way it broke up his side’s attacking style.
Before Tuesday night’s match coach Graham Arnold claimed the pitch played to Sydney’s advantage because his players knew its quirks, but he later conceded it had done his side no favours.
“It’s hard to play the combination play we like to play,” Arnold said.
“I look forward to the SCG trust re-turfing the whole pitch this weekend.”
The re-surfacing will provide a smoother ride for Sydney when they host the lower-ranked winner of this weekend’s elimination finals on Saturday week.
However, the NRL will get to it first for next Wednesday’s traditional Anzac Day clash between Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra.
It will give ground staff three days to patch it up,nfl jerseys china significantly longer than the sub-24 hours they had to get it ready for last season’s A-League Grand Final, which was held the day after a Super Rugby match.