Ange Postecoglou said the Socceroos had Chile on the ropes in the second half of their World Cup opener and described the match as “the one that got away from us”.
Accorinding to the Australian manager, the Socceroos needed a little bit of luck and a little bit of more belief to get a second goal against La Roja.
“It was the one that got away from us,” Postecoglou said. “Opportunity missed is probably the overwhelming feeling. We’re at a World Cup and we want to win. We still want to make every opportunity we get a winning one.
“We performed well for probably 70 minutes of the game, at times dominated, and that’s what we have to take into the next game.”
Postecoglou said the Socceroos want to be team that plays the kind of football that excites its supporters and puts fear into the opposition.
“I think we did that last night,” he said. “We took the game to them. When you take a game to a team when you’re already 2-0 down there’s a threat that they can really open you up. We didn’t take a backward step after that. The more we do that, the more we take backward steps, the more we back ourselves, it won’t be just a matter of accepting honourable losses.”
The 48-year old said the Socceroos showed great character to fight back from 2-0 down and complimented the performance of Matthew Leckie.
“By the end of it there was some real excitement in the team,” Postecoglou said. “Every time Matthew Leckie got the ball you just sensed, even the Chilean supporters crapped themselves, and went really quiet. I guess that’s a sign, that’s where we want to be. We want to be scare the opposition. We don’t want to be a team that just sits back and steals a goal here or there.”