Ange Postecoglou will resist the urge to experiment with his Socceroos side as they get ready to play their final World Cup match against current champions Spain.
With Tim Cahill suspended as well as fellow veteran Mark Milligan and Mark Bresciano likely to miss out through injury, Postecoglou will be forced to tinker with his team.
Adam Taggart, Matt McKay and Oliver Bozanic, who all featured against the Netherlands, are expected to come in to the starting XI.
But Postecoglou says his sole aim is to beat Spain, not to blood players in preparation for the Asian Cup, so changes will likely be kept to a minimum.
“There’s only one intent and that’s to win it,” he told media on Saturday.
“We've been to four World Cups and only won two games. It’s not easy to win games at this level. So if we've got an opportunity to win one, lets take it. It’s an enormous challenge trying to beat the world champions who’ve lost two games in a row.
“How many times has Spain lost three games in a row? There'll be no experimentation. As I keep saying to the players, there'll be no guarantees that any of us will be here in four years time.
“[There’s] no room for sentiment. It’s too valuable. Two wins in four World Cups, lets try and get a third.
Two days ahead of the Spain encounter, Postecgolou admitted it was unlikely Bresciano and Milligan would start the match.
“That’s probably 150 caps that we'll be missing out so we're going to be pretty up against it,” he said.
“[And] I know Spain won’t want to lose three games. So whatever team they put out there they're going to be pretty determined to win. There’s dangers in both, if they play with the similar line up we're going to face a team whose prides’ been hurt.
“Its’ going to be an enormous challenge. If he puts in the guys that haven’t played, well they’re not bad footballers. They’re going to have something to prove. I think regardless of the personnel I don’t think their approach will change.
“They still play postive, they still want to dominate the game and dominate possession, try and ping us back. So that’s the kind of things we need to counter-act.”comments