During the week, Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat spoke about Sydney FC’s “media cheerleaders”.
The comment was typical of the banter that goes on in such a big week with so much media focus.
But on Saturday, the Big V boss also reaffirmed the respect he had for the Sky Blue half of Sydney.
“Arnie’s spot on. There’s a professional respect without doubt from the football side.
“I know personally there’s a great deal of respect between the two clubs at board level.
“Ultimately it’s a game of football that we’re all trying to win, but very soon the time will come when the words stop and actions will dictate who’ll win.”