Only moments after lifting the National Premier Leagues NSW championship trophy to complete a historic double, Sydney Olympic’s Spanish sensation Alejandro (Alex) Sanchez was already thinking about their upcoming NPL Finals campaign and a potential treble.
The former La Liga striker was named Robbie Slater Medal winner for best on ground performance after scoring a brace and providing an assist in Olympic’s 3-1 grand final win against APIA Leichhardt Tigers.
It was the sort of performance fans have come to expect from the Spaniard whose prolific campaign has been the leading light in an incredible season for the Belmore based club.
And with an NPL Finals campaign only a week away, Sanchez is confident his team can continue their wining ways.
“We are going to get the treble,” he said.
“We want to keep our great run going.
“Honestly the confidence in the team is so high we feel like we can do anything right now.”
It was this confidence which has helped Sanchez to 22 goals in 24 games this season, including five in his past two games.
That form was apparent at Leichhardt Oval on grand final day, but the front man said there was no secret to his great form in front of goal.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way I played today. I just wanted to give my team the best chance of winning and I think i have done that,” Sanchez said.
“There was nothing different for this game. I just did everything that I have done all season and It worked for me. It was a beautiful performance.
“To lift the trophy and share the moment with my teammates and the fans was a truly special moment which i won’t forget.
“My family and friends back home were watching the grand final online on the Football NSW live stream and I know it would have been a special moment for them too.”
While he revealed he has been humbled by the individual recognition his performances have achieved this campaign, Sanchez emphasised that the primary focus has been achieving as much as they can as a team.
“It has been a brilliant journey so far this season and to have won as much as we have has been a great experience,” he said.
“The clubs I had played for in Spain were usually battling to avoid relegation so to be a part of such a successful team for a change has been very special.
“The season isn’t over just yet so we will enjoy this moment now but get back to work soon so we can bring even more success to the club and its fans.”