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Alessandro Del Piero primed for return

November 6, 2013
By ESPN staff

Alessandro Del Piero is confident Sydney FC can turn around their recent run of form and save under-fire coach Frank Farina from further scrutiny.

Alessandro Del Piero has launched the A-League onto the international stage.
GettyImagesAlessandro Del Piero has been sorely missed.

Del Piero has been absent due to a calf injury while the Sky Blues slipped to eighth in the A-League standings.

The Italian icon is set to make his return against Melbourne Victory this Saturday and says the club remains united in their focus on a successful season.

"Everyone has responsibility for their job and we need to help each other, help Frank and help Sydney FC get out of this position," Del Piero said.

"Everyone understands it's not a good moment for us but it's not only one man's fault, it's everyone's fault.

"We work together, we win together and we lose together. I know Frank is under pressure now but he's a wonderful guy with a lot of experience.

"His feeling on the field is perfect, very focused. I'm confident. I'm OK with the team, with Frank, everybody.

"I have a good feeling about Saturday and about the rest of the season.

"Last week [against Perth] we played pretty good, had lots of chances and not a lot of luck, but I am confident things will get better for us."

The 38-year-old says he is used to the pressure to perform at the highest level, and is ready to make an impact in his first return match.

“I come from Italy where there's pressure every day," he said. "When you score 29 goals people want ask why you haven't scored 30. I feel the pressure, but it's my job and I know what's expected of me."

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