Kuzman: The pressure is entirely on Heidelberg

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Northcote City Head Coach Zeljko Kuzman says his side will look to take the game to Heidelberg United when the two rivals meet in a massive Round 7 FFA Cup tie at Jack Edwards Reserve on Wednesday night.

George Katsakis’ team currently sits top of the NPL table and has previous experience of advancing deep into the FFA Cup national stages.

But Kuzman does not think this will impact the way in which Northcote approaches the encounter.

‘We’re going to go out and look to enjoy the occasion. We’re going to play an attack-minded, free-flowing style of football,’ he said.

‘We have absolutely nothing to lose. We want to be on the front foot and see what we’re capable of against one of the state’s best.’

‘Reaching this stage of the competition wasn’t on the top of our list of priorities so we can go into this game with no weight of expectation. Heidelberg on the other hand are desperate to reach the next stage so I’m curious to see how they handle the occasion.’

Kuzman recognises the weaponry that Heidelberg possesses, but at the same time is conscious of not paying too much respect to the NPL frontrunners and putting on a spectacle for all of the fans present.

‘Heidelberg are a quality team. Their ladder position in the NPL reflects that but the pressure is entirely on them.’

‘We don’t fear anyone and we definitely won’t be intimidated by them or the ability they possess in their squad.’

‘We’re really looking forward to the derby. We know how much it means to the whole Northcote City FC community. We’re just looking forward to testing ourselves against the best.’

The match at Jack Edwards Reserve kicks off at 8PM.