If Sydney can secure two wins in the next two matches they will be assured the Premiers Plate and be the first team in A-League history to top the league in back to back seasons.

But Sky Blues stalwart David Carney isn’t counting his chickens just yet.

β€œNothing has been won yet, there are still six games to go”, he told FourFourTwo.

β€œIt’s looking good for the Premiers Plate but it’s not just about that.

"We also have to go on and win the Championship as well and we have the Asian Champions League games in mid-week too.”

In the history of the A-League only Brisbane Roar has won back to back Grand Finals, while no club has topped the A-League table two seasons in a row.

Carney said that being able to secure back to back premierships would be a feather in the players’ caps

β€œIt’s a great record to have and be involved in and it’s something that we’ve really deserved as well,” he said.

β€œBut it’s been a lot of hard work as we train very hard and we’ve got a good squad.

β€œThe way Arnie motivates us to want to win every game is full credit to him and the coaching staff.

β€œThey always have our mind frame of wanting to win and break every record. It just seems like it’s built up in the club now.

β€œThere are always games and records that we want to beat and that’s how Arnie keeps us motivated - just to always be wanting to achieve more.”

While the A-League is in Sydney’s grasp, what may be out of reach is making it out of their Asian Champions League (ACL) group after a loss and a draw in their opening two games.

But Carney was confident the Sky Blues can build on last week's ACL performance away to Shanghai Shenhua.

β€œIt’s a big game [against Kashima Antlers],” he said

β€œIt’s going to be a hard game for us, as we are playing the Japanese champions so I’m looking forward to the next game.

β€œObviously the performance in China was good and everyone was happy with that.

β€œWe would have liked to have won the game as now it makes the next home game that more crucial. But watching the game it’s something you take confidence from, as the lads played really well.

β€œSo, while it’s little bit disappointing not to get all the three points we are confident we can win at home.”

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