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Liberato Cacace: “Nobody can stop us”

Liberato Cacace: “Nobody can stop us” Photo: TT
Wellington Phoenix star Liberato Cacace. Photo credit Andrew Surma.

Wellington Phoenix left-back Liberato Cacace has said that nobody in the A-League can match the Nix when theyre in top form.

The Kiwi youngster scored during the Western United victory last Friday, a win that set the blueprint for how head coach Ufuk Talay wants this young team to play.

United ended up losing that game 2-0 after David Ball scored during the final moments of the clash - a goal that handed goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic an assist.

Benchmark

Liberato Cacace has experience despite being 19-years-old and has played 50 games for the Wellington Phoenix. And he thinks they’re at their peak right now.

“It would be up there (with the best halves of the season),” said Cacace. “That’s the benchmark, we’ve got to use it as a benchmark and keep striving for better performances and make them last into the full 90 minutes.”

That form has seen them win two in a row without conceding a goal, six points which have taken them to fourth place in the table and level on points with third placed Melbourne City and three ahead of Adelaide United in fifth.

The Best

City, Perth Glory and even league leaders Sydney FC should fear the Nix, added Cacace. “I think were playing such good football that the pressure is the opposition who faces us.

“They should be worried about playing us because were playing such good football at the moment and nobody can stop us.”

Talay has got the Nix playing a more progressive style of football that relies on how the team work together, rather than individual talent. That means if Gary Hooper or Gary Ball or Ulises Davilla fail to show up, Wellington can still win.

And Cacace thinks things are going well as the side have adapted to the coach’s demands. “The coach gave us a system to play in and we stuck to it and kept believing in the system and its rewarded us, we’ve been playing some very good football” concluded the starlet.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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