Wanderers head coach Markus Babbel admits he has noticed a marked difference in the atmosphere around the players as the Red & Black prepare to continue their run in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.
Having defeated Hyundai A-League Premiers Perth Glory in the Round of 32, Babbel and his men will be looking to account for NSW National Premier League heavyweights Sydney United at Campbelltown Stadium and advance to the Quarter Finals.
"The confidence is good. The boys are doing well, training very hard and are very focused on the training sessions," said Babbel.
"If you win games, then this gives confidence and I hope we can see this on Wednesday."
The Wanderers have looked solid in their pre-season campaign so far and will be coming off the back of their latest 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners.
"The biggest difference to last season is the team spirit, there is a different atmosphere in the team," explained Babbel.
"I have the feeling there is a great enjoyment to work here and to also have a laugh. It is a good mix.
“It is important to see if we do something on the training ground the boys try to do it to 100 percent and also with a smile on the face.”
Babbel was full of praise for their next opponent in the FFA Cup, Sydney United, knowing the Red & Black will need to be on the top of their game.
“It (the Cup) is very similar to Europe if you are not focused, not concentrated, if you think it is an easy game, then the chance is massive that Sydney United will hurt us,” said Babbel.
"I know they are a very good side and of all the teams in the NPL, this is the strongest we can play and it is a derby.
“If we are concentrated and put our energy in the right spot, then I am very optimistic we will beat them. We have the quality for this.”