Postecoglou: Socceroos primed for tough test

Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou says his team respects Jordan and is expecting a difficult challenge against the Middle Eastern country.

Jordan, Like Australia, is undefeated after three World Cup qualifiers and goes into this game with a home win upset over the Socceroos three years ago on home soil.

Postecoglou is predicting a stern test but said his team prepares the same way for any opponent.

“Our players are in good condition and really looking forward to the game,” Postecoglou said.

“We know it’s going to be a challenging game – all the away games in these World Cup qualifiers are tough – but we’ve had a good start to our campaign and hopefully we continue tomorrow.

Jordan almost qualified for the 2014 World Cup but were beaten twice by Uruguay in a two-legged playoff. Al-Nashama, under caretaker coach Ray Wilkins, failed to get out of the group stage of the 2015 Asian Cup.

But Postecoglou said he isn’t underestimating Jordan.

“If you look at the last World Cup qualifying campaign they almost got to the World Cup, and when we came here we didn’t win so we know it’s one of the tougher games,” he said.

“Obviously when the draw came out we knew that playing this game would be one of our biggest challenges.

“For us it’s very important that every game we treat with equal respect. We always respect our opponent.”

Despite that, Postecoglou said the Socceroos backed themselves to get the job done in Amman.

“We’ve studied their last few games,” he said.

 “With their new coach there’s been a little bit of an adjustment to their style of game.

“Like every opponent we have a hard-working staff that analyses every little detail on the opposition’s game (and) we’ve done the same with the game tomorrow.

“Our players will be well prepared. They’re always well prepared and it won’t be any different tomorrow.”

Australia captain Tim Cahill echoed his coach’s sentiments. The Socceroos lost to Jordan in Amman 2-1 in 2012 but Cahill said the national team today is a completely different beast.

“There’s no comparison to a couple of years ago because it’s a different mindset, a different set-up to the way we approach the game,” Cahill said.

“We know Jordan have got seven points, we know they’re a danger team. It’s going to be one of those games. It’s going to be tough.”