The Italian legend has rarely had a losing run like Sydney FC's current streak, and the Sky Blues coach has acknowledged his star's growing concerns
|By ADAM LUCIUS
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica conceded marquee superstar Alessandro Del Piero is struggling to cope with a rare losing streak after the Sky Blues' run of outs stretched to four games against Adelaide United on Friday night.
Del Piero was clearly frustrated after watching Sydney FC claw back from a goal down to equalise before conceding again in the 88th minute at Allianz Stadium.
Sydney have now won just two A-League games from eight and sit last on the table.
Their last victory was way back in Week 4 on October 28.
"He's frustrated we're losing. He hasn't lost for a long time back home in Italy," Corica said of Del Piero.
"We're losing games and it's not nice to lose games. He's frustrated and everybody should be frustrated.
"That's football. When you're down and conceding late goals... it's tough to take.
"It's just the way it's going at the moment.
"We've got to get on with it and find a win from somewhere."
Del Piero did everything in his power to conjure up that win against Adelaide but some of his team-mates simply were not on the same page.
And the team's defensive frailties - that is now 16 goals conceded in four games - were again laid bare.
But Corica did see some positives despite a fourth-straight loss.
"It was a much better second half. We got the goal and looked likely to score the next one as well," he said.
"We created chances and pressured well, they're all positives.
"But we're conceding too many goals and that's something we've got to look at."
Adelaide coach John Kosmina does not have a care in the world after guiding his team to the top of the table, but he can see a way out for former club Sydney.
He said: "They're a decent team and things haven't fallen for them.
"Tonight would have hurt a lot because they did so well to get back in the game and stay in that position and created a few opportunities to maybe get something out of it.
"We killed them off at the end. When the ball doesn't roll for you, you've just got to work your way through it."