Ange Postecoglou says the Socceroos’ impressive performance against current World Cup holders Germany at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion will help further grow football in Australia.
The Socceroos were missing the likes of Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse and Massimo Luongo, and had just one full training session before playing the world champions on their own patch.
Speaking just after the 2-2 draw, and less than two months after the historic Asian Cup win, Postecoglou was in ebullient mood: “I think it's 10 o'clock in the morning in Australia so I think everyone's going to work pretty happy, maybe some people aren't going to work.
“For us, it was a great honour to come here and play against the world champions and we have a great deal of respect for the German national team and German football and for us we're still a growing nation and football in our country is still growing.
“I think results, and more importantly performances like today, helps grow the sport and gets the whole country behind us.
“I thought in the first half we really took the game to the opposition and were really aggressive with our pressing and I thought we looked really dangerous every time we went forward.
"Second half we had to defend a bit deeper which is only natural, they're a very good team but even then we had a couple of chances on the break and I thought our defensive work was very strong and Maty was good when we needed it.
“Overall fantastic effort to come here and - not just the result - you can get a draw, get a win but the way we played with all the challenges we had, I thought was fantastic.”
Postecoglou was particularly pleased with the amount of chances the Socceroos created against Die Mannschaft. Mathew Leckie was a handful for the German defence while James Troisi was particularly lively and Nathan Burns attacked with confidence.
“We looked really threatening going forward from all sorts of areas and I think that's probably as dangerous as we've looked going forward particularly against such a quality opposition,” he said.
“And considering half the team got off a plane 48 hours ago, after flying here 24 hours, just the commitment and effort of the players was fantastic.
“It was just a team effort. When you play as well as we did and we pressed really well, we pressed together as a team and worked really hard to ensure that every time they tried to play out, we put them on the back foot.
“We looked threatening going the other way every time we had the ball, we created good opportunities, looked very mobile up front, it was a team effort.
“Leck's was almost the complete performance , all that was missing was a goal, Jimmy Troisi got a goal and Nathan was always looking threatening.
“Even Tommy Oar, when he came on, looked bright so I was really happy with the movement of the front three. All those front three can get better that's the first time they've played together.”
Postecoglou believes Australia deserved to win the match.
“It’d be great to win but like I said you can win in many ways or draw in many ways,” he said.
“If it was a scratchy performance I wouldn’t have been happy whatever the result , I really thought it was a very strong performance.
“The German team put us under pressure in the second half and Maty pulled of a couple of great saves - we had to defend pretty desperately.
“They had their fair share of the game in the second half. I still think we shaded it. I think we deserved to win but ultimately for me the result is secondary to the fact that we played a really positive game.”comments