Wanderers Swiss goalkeeper Daniel Lopar has paid tribute to teammate Pirmin Schwegler, describing him as a “tactical genius”.
As much as he played a leading hand in the 1-0 win in the Sydney Derby at Wanderland on Saturday night, Lopar could not contain his delight for the performance of his fellow countryman, who won plaudits for his man-of-the-match display.
“Pirmin is very important to us, he is a tactical genius,” said Lopar.
“We need him and I hope he can stay fit and play a big part.”
Lopar also played a key role, making a number of crucial saves as the Red & Black showed huge character to hold on against the defending champions and record their third win in the opening three games of the season.
While he is no stranger to such big occasions, he said he enjoyed the experience of the Sydney Derby, describing it as “a bit stressed”.
“I enjoyed it. It was a b it stressed but it was positive pressure and I hope we can have more of that,” said Lopar.
Lopar, who has become somewhat of a cult hero since joining the club in pre-season, says there is still plenty of improvement to come from the Wanderers, especially with his combination with the defence.
“They are getting better and better. In the beginning there were problems with the fitness, but this is improving,” he added.
“This is the first time we have had the same combination for two games in a row. You can see it is better for me and the other guys.
“It is exciting, but there is still a lot of work to get closer to each other. We have to work more and more.”