Coach calls on Sydney FC players to help Del Piero
SYDNEY (AP) -Sydney FC coach Ian Crook says Alessandro Del Piero needs more support from his teammates if he's to shine in Australian football's A-League.
Del Piero made his A-League debut in Sydney's 2-0 loss at Wellington on Saturday and Crook said the former Juventus star wasn't helped by sloppy service from fellow players.
The 37-year-old Italian started up front in Sydney's 4-3-3 formation but was forced to drop back because of a lack of opportunities in attack. Crook said it was up to Del Piero's teammates to ensure the club's star recruit was provided with more and better chances.
He said, "All good players need good service too. We've got the players to provide it, things just didn't work out for us at the weekend.''