Olyroos head coach Aurelio Vidmar was impressed by the performance of his team in a recent four nations tournament and believes there is more improvement to come.
The Australian Under-23s drew with Brazil, lost to China and defeated Korea Republic in Wuhan, China.
Goals to Corey Gameiro and Mustafa Amini secured a 2-2 draw with the Brazilians, while Travis Cooper scored the Olyroos’ only goal in the 3-1 defeat to the hosts. Jamie Maclaren provided the winner in the final game against the South Korean, won 1-0.
“I was pleased with the results considering the time we spent together as a group,” Vidmar told FourFourTwo.
“The players really bought in to what we were trying to do and will have confidence in our play moving forward.
“The way the players interacted with each other on and off the field and the way in which they were desperate to play for their country – this was very pleasing.
“There are always areas in which we need to improve to get maximum input from the group.”
Vidmar said he was “gutted” for young gun Corey Gameiro who suffered an ACL injury in the final group game against Korea Republic.
The Sydney FC attacker is expected to be out for at least the next six months.
“He really set the example for all players to follow during the tournament,” Vidmar said of the 21-year-old.
“He has made a conscious effort to improve all parts of his game, so to be hit by this injury is a real blow for everyone.”
Vidmar selected 12 A-League based players and 10 from overseas for the Chinese tournament.
A number of potential starters, such as Adam Taggart and Curtis Good, were unavailable through injury.
The Olyroos will start their qualifiers for the Rio Olympics in March next year.
After a positive showing in China, Vidmar is hopeful more of his players can secure regular game-time ahead of the campaign.
“I was impressed by all of them, when you have a team willing to learn, willing to play with spirit, passion and intelligence it makes it all worthwhile,” he said.
“Not everyone is in the same situation in terms of their football situation. Some play consistent first team football while others are in reserve leagues abroad so I see a lot of upside coming if they can all play senior football with their clubs.”comments