Western Sydney Wanderers have won eight-straight matches to fly to the top of the table in their debut A-League season, but coach Tony Popovic believes it is just the beginning
The A-League newcomers have had a dream debut season; they are top of the A-League table and have the Premiers' Plate firmly in their sights.
Saturday's 1-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners saw them extend their winning streak to a record-equalling eight matches, and there is every chance they will go on and break that record on Sunday when they host bottom-placed Wellington.
But while the Wanderers have set the benchmark this season, Popovic told reporters his side can be even stronger next season.
"I think there's still a lot more improvement," Popovic said on Tuesday.
"Certainly we can improve and I believe this group, once they've been together a little longer in a full pre-season together, our football should improve next year."
With just four games to go, Popovic believes his side can remain on top.
"We're focused - we're obviously not looking too far ahead, we're just looking ahead to Wellington and if we can get the result we desire that day, then we move ahead to the next challenge," Popovic said.
Wellington may have had their struggles this season, but Popovic insists that does not lessen the challenge.
"Of course we're not playing the league leaders this week, but we're playing a team that's changed their management and had a fantastic result against Melbourne Heart," he said.
"We're at home, we'll have a great crowd once again supporting us and we've got to look forward to it, but we've got to make sure that we keep our recent good form going.
"If we play to our capabilities and perform well we've got to be confident enough to get the three points."
The Wanderers are yet to make an official announcement on the future of marquee man Shinji Ono, who was reportedly set to re-sign on Friday.