Sydney’s Lavicka gets tough with players

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka got tough with his players early this week after two successive losses.

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka got tough with his players early this week after two successive losses.

The Czech tactician sat his players down to watch the lacklustre 1-0 loss to North Queensland Fury and proceeded to point out where they went wrong, in an aggressive tone.

Lavicka said he needed his players to understand that the performance was not good enough and where improvement was required.

"Sometimes a coach needs to shout, to make the players understand,'' he said of the video session.

"We watched the tape and there were things wrong we need to fix.

"Several components were bad - the [level of] activity, the aggressivity,'' he added.

"In the middle and attacking thirds we were too slow, and in defence there was not enough shape.

"We have to be more aggressive - you can be aggressive without being rough. You saw North Queensland, that was how they played. They played very direct and while we were more complicated it was too slow.

“It is only details but they are what matter.

"The players know this and must respond. This is a good chance for them to show their character - I still believe they have tough characters but now they must show it.''