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Nov 13, 2012

Del Piero rallies Sydney FC troops

Sydney FC marquee signing Alessandro Del Piero has called on his teammates to rally together saying the club should "get rid of pressure and fear and take to the pitch" in the aftermath of coach Ian Crook's resignation.

Crook pulled the pin as head coach on Sunday, following a humiliating 7-2 loss to Central Coast and then a defeat against Melbourne, the Victory scoring three goals in the last 13 minutes of play to snatch the win.

Former Italian and Juventus star Del Piero complimented the outgoing coach before issuing a call to arms for his struggling A-League side.

"I'm really sorry about our coach Ian Crook leaving," Del Piero wrote on his website.

"In these few months in Sydney I've appreciated a lot of his human and professional qualities. His choice is personal and has to be respected, I just want to wish him all the best for the future.

"As for the team, it's clear that we are going through a rather difficult period, but it is well known that great success depends also on the capacity to react and find the way out of difficult situations.

"In my career I faced a lot of moments like the one we experience in this period, the most important thing right now is to keep calm and to go on training as much as possible, trying to give our best, and to think positively.

"We have all the time to recuperate a good position in ranking table and to play well up to the end.

"We are surrounded by a lot of enthusiasm and great desire to succeed, we just have to get rid of pressure and fear and take to the pitch ... I'm sure we'll show what we are worth, Ian Crook's work will bear fruit."

Sydney FC play Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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