Socceroo goalkeeper Mat Ryan is itching to take to the pitch and finally make his World Cup debut in Australia’s crucial Group B clash with Chile on Saturday (Australian time).
Ryan and his teammates have been worked hard at the Socceroos training camp in Vitoria and fly to Porto Alegre on Wednesday after another session.
“It’s snuck up pretty quickly,” Ryan said.
“I can’t wait to get out there. Two weeks now of full training back in Sydney and since being over here - it’s been brutal.
“I think from the Croatia game you can see physically we’re in good nick.
“We’re (now) just concentrating on the finer detail of the game plan.”
Ryan said he and fellow goalkeepers Mitch Langerak and Eugene Galekovic did a special video session on Chile yesterday.
“We actually did a team video session in the night as well and we have another one tonight also,” he said.
“Obviously (it’s important) getting the research out of the way and what we’re expecting from them and for us players to know the game-plan that the coaching staff and technical staff have put together for us.
Ryan is excited about playing an attack-minded and technically proficient Chilean team.
“It’s a World Cup game,” he said. “It’s what we all dream of…from the video we’ve watched so far they are a very confident team.
“They play with a very high line and they’ve got a lot of quick attacking guys up front so there’s no doubt we’ll have to be on our toes.
“We’re expecting them to try to get in behind us with their quick guys.
“They’re nippy guys so I doubt we’ll have much time on the ball no matter who it is.
“We’ve been training in the week on individuals being in tight spaces and being able to play through so we’ll have to make sure when Friday comes we’re on top of that aspect.”
The Socceroos likely defence of Jason Davidson, Matt Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Ivan Franjic and Ryan has rarely played together as a unit.
Ryan McGowan played alongside Wilkinson at centre back against South Africa while Spiranovic filled that role in the friendly with Croatia.
“They’ve chopped and changed a little bit in the games I have played but yeah in the time I have been out there I think we’ve been fairly solid without giving away too many chances away,” Ryan said.
“Again in the Croatia game the other night, they had one shot in the first and then obviously the goal and then a couple of longer shots, so I thought (our defence) did a fairly good job.
“We’re all preparing as best we can and hopefully on Friday we can keep it compact and not give them too many chances, if any.”
The 22-year old Club Brugge keeper doesn’t believe there is a danger that some of his young teammates may freeze on the World Cup stage.
“I know everyone’s just eager to get out there and perform,” he added.
“It’s a World Cup and it doesn’t come round very often.
“You can’t take it for granted so if you’re going to react in that sort of way you’re going to miss a great opportunity to enjoy such a great moment in your life.
“Us Australians are pretty laid-back guys, we sort of rise to the occasion we like to think.
“I don’t think that will be a problem for anyone, we’ll just be eager. Obviously there’ll be a bit of nerves but you wouldn’t be human if there wasn’t going to be any nerves.”1 comment