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Cahill: Socceroos have improved

December 30, 2014 09:55:26 UK

Tim Cahill feels the Socceroos have improved in 2014.

Tim Cahill insists Australia’s football has improved this year, despite their tumble down the FIFA rankings.

The Socceroos are ranked 100th by FIFA going into next month’s Asian Cup, and just 10th within the AFC.

That ranking is based on their run of poor results this year, which have yielded just one win in 11 matches.

But Cahill, who will be Australia’s go-to striker again when they host the Asian Cup, feels the rankings are a poor reflection on the progress the squad has made under Ange Postecoglou.

OK, our rankings have dropped. Our football has improved, We could have played Qatar, UAE and Japan in Australia (for) possibly two out of three wins.

Tim Cahill

The 35-year-old has prospered under Postecoglou since he took over from Holger Osieck at the end of last year, playing more matches and scoring more goals than in any other calendar year for the Socceroos.

Australia, who are 3.75 outright, have played fellow Asian Cup qualifiers in their last four friendlies, with mixed results. Their only victory this year came in a 3-2 success against Saudi Arabia in London in September, but their tour to the Middle East in October yielded few positives – they drew 0-0 with the United Arab Emirates and went down 1-0 to Qatar.

Hopes of going into the tournament on the back of a good result against Japan in Osaka last month were dashed when they lost 2-1, Cahill scoring a consolation deep into injury time.

“OK, our rankings have dropped. Our football has improved,” said Cahill. “We could have played Qatar, UAE and Japan in Australia (for) possibly two out of three wins.

“Our rankings would have stayed up a bit and everyone would have been happy. It would have put a smokescreen over what really we should be learning about.”

The New York Red Bulls striker feels that, with the likes of Tomi Juric and A-League leading scorer Nathan Burns in the squad, Australia have plenty of goalscoring potential and won’t have to rely solely on him.

“It’s the final third, if we’re ruthless then teams aren’t going to know what’s hit them,” he added. “We have the potential to win. The key is to get a great win against Kuwait.”

The Socceroos, who are 1.25, face Kuwait in Melbourne in their opening Group A clash on 9th January.

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