Olympic FC Head Coach, Ben Cahn says his side are unfazed by the prospect of relegating rivals Brisbane City in Sunday’s NPL Queensland clash at Goodwin Park.
An Olympic win on Sunday would seal City’s relegation, with the former NSL outfit sitting rock bottom on the league table ahead of this weekend’s final round of regular season action.
Conversely, Olympic who are on a club record 14-match NPL Queensland unbeaten run are cemented in second position regardless of Sunday’s result a week out from a third straight finals campaign.
Olympic will face either Gold Coast Knights or Lions FC in a home semi-final at Goodwin Park next weekend.
Cahn said his side were only focused on themselves and building on their strong run of form heading into the finals.
“It’s been a strange week, I’ve never had so many messages from people wanting us to win a game. But, we’re not getting drawn in to what it means for Brisbane City and the consequences for them,” Cahn said.
“It’s just another game and important that we focus on ourselves, we’ve prepared exactly as we do for any other game.
“It’s simple for us, we have to make sure we keep improving, work hard to win the game and make sure we’re in the best place to win our semi-final next weekend.”
LAST TIME WE MET
Olympic ran out 4-1 winners over City in the reverse fixture at CTM Stadium in September extending their winning run against City to six matches in a streak that runs back to July, 2017.
Olympic have won every match against City since Cahn took over as Head Coach at the beginning of the 2018 season.
Olympic will wear Indigenous themed kits to celebrate NAIDOC Week in Sunday’s match as part of the Club’s effort to promote and embrace Indigenous culture.
“I’m proud of the Club and the work Phil (Canham) has done for us to contribute to NAIDOC Week,” Cahn said.
“Hopefully we can bring some awareness to the Indigenous history of Australia and help make the shift towards recognition and reconciliation.”
NPL Queensland 2020 – Round 20: Olympic FC v Brisbane City
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Sunday, 15 November (6pm KO)