Dimas: Nico to inspire desperate Wanderers in Sydney Derby

Wanderers skipper Dimas has declared his side’s Argentine playmaker Nico Martinez can show their fans how good he really is in Saturday night’s Sydney Derby – a game he says Wanderers can win.

Playmaker Martinez, 29, has been a constant creative spark for the Wanderers throughout the season. 

And Dimas senses the Argentine can have a key impact on Saturday night in a game the red and black desperately need to win. 

“He’s a very important player for us…a top player. 

Hopefully this weekend he can show how good he is,” Dimas told www.a-league.com.au on Wednesday. 

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The Wanderers have endured a disappointing run of results so far in the 2016/17 Season, winning just two of their 14 matches while they are still yet to keep a clean sheet.

Tony Popovic’s side is currently in seventh spot ahead of Saturday night’s blockbuster derby at Allianz Stadium, a massive 22-points behind the unbeaten Sky Blues. 

But the pint-sized Martinez has been a shining light with his tricky play and ability to create chances out of nothing. 

“But this team is not just one player. We all have to play to our ability to win and that’s what we want to do,” the Spanish captain of Wanderers added. 

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It’s all a far cry from what the side achieved last season when they finished in second spot and made the Hyundai A-League grand final.

But despite their struggles, the Wanderers captain insists morale is still high and belief remains strong they can make something of their season – and there’s no better place to start than against their bitter rivals.

“The secret to this team is we are like a family. It doesn’t matter what happens or the score we stay together.

“We are very close, all together. For us the most important thing is keep believing in ourselves because we perform very well and hopefully this weekend we can celebrate a victory.

“The team deserve a win against Sydney FC and we believe we can get the three points.

The skipper of the red and black added: “We know it’s a derby, it’s a big game for us, for our supporters but the most important is to win to try and change the situation and to get more confidence in our football.

“This is more than one game, it’s a special game.”