Dimas: Nico to inspire Wanderers in 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.

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 need to win. 

“He’s a very important player for us… a top player," Dimas told www.a-league.com.au on Wednesday. 

Hopefully this weekend he can show how good he is."

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Tony Popovic’s side is currently in seventh spot ahead of Saturday night’s blockbuster derby at Allianz Stadium.

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. 

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 & 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.”

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Dimas dismissed talk the Sky Blues would be vulnerable with a few key players missing on Saturday night and believes the key will be staying in the contest early on insisting confidence won't be an issue for the visitors.

Striker Brendon Santalab is still suspended meaning either teenager Lachlan Scott or Jaushua Sotirio will lead the Wanderers attack.

“It’s not about confidence, just sometimes in football the ball won’t go in,” said Dimas when asked about the side’s goal-scoring problems.

“The most important is the chances we are creating, we would be worried if there were no chances and we weren’t playing good.

“But in this case we have confidence in our football and in our team.

“The most important is to focus on our things, don’t give anything away and stay in the match until the end because we know we create many chances.

“We always create chances to score so if we are in the game until the end we have a good chance to win.”

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