Ange: Chance to create something special

December 29, 2014 10:38:34 UK

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou reckons the Asian Cup will bring out more of a cutting edge from his out-of-form side.

The five friendlies the Socceroos have played since they exited the World Cup without a point from their three group games have been disappointing.

But Postecoglou believes competitive matches offer the potential for the team to fulfil their potential.

This is a major tournament and a major opportunity for everyone involved.

Ange Postecoglou

The Socceroos have won just one of their 11 games this year – the 3-2 victory against Saudi Arabia in London in September – and suffered eight defeats.

As they build towards their opening Asian Cup group game against Kuwait in Melbourne on 9th January, though, Postecoglou remains positive.

“I expect there to be more of a cutting edge; I’m sure all of the players want to play and contribute,” said the coach.

“That creates an extra edge that doesn’t exist in friendlies. This is a major tournament and a major opportunity for everyone involved – coaches, staff, players – to create something special so I’d expect the focus to be pretty sharp with everything we do.”

Australia have lost three of the five friendlies they have played since the World Cup, four of which have been against fellow Asian Cup qualifiers.

All of those games have been away from home, though, and hosting the Asian Cup should give the Socceroos some advantage.

After taking on Kuwait, Postecoglou’s side face Oman in Sydney on 13th January and conclude their Group A campaign against South Korea in Brisbane four days later.

The Socceroos areĀ 1.25 to beat Kuwait, who areĀ 11.00, with the draw 5.75.

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