Ryan, Roos ready for unpredictable Kyrgyzstan
Australia’s attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia starts officially against the 177th-ranked team in the world.
Kyrgyzstan and the Socceroos have never played before, with 1992 having marked the former Soviet republic's first appearance following independence.
The Whaite Bars, who have never made a World Cup or Asian Cup before, got their World Cup qualification off to a good start with a 3-1 away win over Bangladesh on Thursday.
It was Kyrgyzstan’s first victory since May last year after two losses to China and a 7-1 thrashing by Kazakhstan.
Ryan told FourFourTwo that Kyrgyzstan are a fairly obscure opponent, but the Socceroos won’t underestimate them.
“I wasn’t even really aware it was a country before we drew them,” he admitted.
“[But] we have enough experience in football now that if you start to get complacent that’s when problems start to creep in. We have a great attitude in the national team.
“This is to qualify for a World Cup, not every day you get that opportunity as a footballer. So we’re expecting them to be giving their all and this first game being away from home, my experience in playing in these sorts of countries is the weather being so hot and doing every little thing to get an advantage.
“The country not being stable enough for us to stay there for a full week, we have to stay in Dubai and then go there two days before the game, all those little things and who knows what we’ll experience when we arrive.
“We’re there to do one job and that’s on the pitch. We’ll have to adjust the best we can and give a dominant performance for Australia and play like it’s our last game for Australia. Hopefully it ends in a positive result for us with a win.”
A maximum of 28 degrees is predicted for Tuesday’s game in Bishkek, which will be played at the 23,000-capacity Dolen Omurzakov Stadium.
Kyrgyzstan, who are coached by 36-year old Aleksandr Krestinin, may attempt to frustrate the Asian champions and 'park the bus’ early.
“When you're champion, when they play you they’re up for it,” the Club Brugge shot-stopper said.
“I’m expecting them to give us a really tough match. I’m not too sure what the conditions are like there with the pitch and those sorts of things. But they’re just little obstacles that we have to overcome and at the end of the day it's 11 vs 11.
“We’ve got full confidence within our squad to get the result.”
A number of the Socceroos are in their off-seasons and the squad is missing the likes of first-team members Massimo Luongo and Trent Sainsbury.
Ange Postecoglou has stated publicly that he wants to make a statement in qualifying for Russia, and Ryan believes the team is ready for the task.
“He’s had that approach since he took over,” the 23-year old said.
“All of us players are aware of the fact that if we’re not giving it our absolute all then he’s going to be looking at other options to replace us. He’s always had that belief that no one should ever be comfortable in the national team, no matter who you are.
"He has no favourites. He’s a big believer in that it’s an absolute honour to represent your national team. I believe in that philosophy 100 per cent. In his style of coaching it’s proven that way works for him in terms of getting the best out of his players.
“Every time I come into camp and have one of his team talks, I’m not talking for myself but for the rest of the team, we’re just eager to get out on the pitch and give our all and do the best that we absolutely can for that game.
“He’s very good at preparing us mentally for that and in his position he’s very good at preparing us across all aspects. In terms of getting us up mentally for a game, I’ve never met anyone better at doing that."