Del Piero: Sydney FC need winning mentality

The veteran believes his team-mates have to adopt the intense, determined attitude of Juventus and other Italian clubs if they are to challenge for honours under Frank Farina

Superstar forward Alessandro Del Piero has called on Sydney FC to move on from last season's disappointment and focus on improving in 2013-14.

The Sky Blues endured an underwhelming A-League campaign last term, finishing seventh and missing out on the finals after head coach Ian Crook left the club just over a month into the season.

There were signs of improvement under his replacement Frank Farina, who has since been joined by former Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic, prompting renewed optimism from marquee Del Piero.

Speaking to The World Game in Padova, after a 3-2 friendly defeat to the club where his professional career started in 1991, the Italy great has called on his colleagues to focus on getting into the mindset of a winning team.

"We have to think about victory, the finals, winning the championship," Del Piero said.

"We have to see what happens on the field and that's what we are focusing on now, trying to get to know each other, the players, and the new coach and staff, this is a big moment for us," he added, referring to the addition of Vidosic to the backroom staff.

The 38-year-old maintains that he is always open to fresh ideas, especially if it brings about success.

"I've changed a lot in a twenty year career, it is no problem for me [changing]," Del Piero said.

"What I have to do is understand what the coach wants and put myself inside the team, inside the movement."

The forward believes that in order to succeed Sydney will have to truly believe in what they are trying to achieve.

"We will play every game in Italy with a strong mentality, we hate to lose," Del Piero said, drawing on his intimate knowledge of the fierce will to succeed in Italian football.

"We try to do everything to win, that is why every team [is] very ready for tactical and physical situations."

As for discussion about when the marquee forward will finally hang up his boots, Del Piero insisted his body is holding up well, and is in no rush to decide whether or not to play on in 2014-15.

"I want to concentrate on this season for the moment, we will see what happens in January-February next year," he said.

"My mind will be occupied on winning the championship and not thinking [about] what I have to do later."

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