Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak says Australia has to unsettle Spain and force their game plan on the defending champions when they meet in Curitiba.
The Socceroos play Spain on Monday with both teams suffering two losses and already eliminated from the tournament.
Jedinak today said the Socceroos will again focus a lot on what they will do - not their opposition.
“Like we have done in this whole tournament we’ve focused a lot on ourselves,” he said.“Although you have to analyse the opposition, which we will do again, and which we will do thoroughly, it’s always up to us at the end of the day to go out and do a job.
“We showed that against Chile, against the Netherlands and it’s going to be up to us again to go out there and try to get something against the Spanish and force our game on them. We’ve done that for those games and although we haven’t come away with anything, it’s time we make that right.”
The Spanish are in disarray after slumping to a 5-1 loss against the Netherlands and then being beaten 2-0 by Chile. Spain coach Vincente del Bosque is expected to make several changes to his starting XI.
Jedinak said it matters little who Spain trots out considering their bench includes players such as Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and David De Gea.
“The list goes on,” he said. “But personally it’s another game. It’s no different.
"There’s that respect but not too much respect, particularly when it’s time to play football and we’re all there to play a game. We showed that against the Dutch, we tried to impose ourselves from the start and I’m hoping that there’ll be something similar.
“You’re put in a group where every game is going to be different and that’s the beauty of the game. You have to adjust slightly to the circumstances and we’re going to look at them and we’re going to analyse them and I think everybody’s seen what Spain’s about.
“They know how they like to play. We’ll have a good close look at that and it’s going to be about implementing what we’re going to do to try and counterattack that, and hopefully unsettle them.”
The Crystal Palace midfielder declined to write the 2010 World Cup winners off despite their past two losses.
“Maybe it’s the results that are a bit surprising,” Jedinak said. “You probably couldn’t have picked them coming into the tournament.
"But everyone’s adapting, and they found a way to get results and that’s what the two teams previously have done against them.
“Do I think they’re a bad team now? Absolutely not. I’d be silly to say that with everything that they did in world football in the last six to eight years. It’s been incredible and it’s a team that will go down in history as one of the best ever.
“So it’s disrespectful to say they’re a team that’s finished or anything like that, I’d never say that.”1 comment