Socceroo midfielder Tommy Oar says all the pressure is on Chile heading into their World Cup opener and that the Aussie team is ready to spring a surprise.
Oar was tried in the number 10 role against Croatia but is widely tipped to start in his usual left wing position on Friday.
The FC Utrecht winger said the Australian team is not nervous at all ahead of the match.
“From our perspective we know all the pressure will be on Chile going into the first game so we’re looking forward to try and take the game to the opposition and showing everyone what we’re made of,” Oar said.
“The weight of expectation will be on them. They know if they don’t get a good result against us in the first game their backs will be against the wall so for us we can go into the game with a lot of confidence and really take it to them.
“Within the group there’s that kind of confidence that we really believe in what Ange is trying to do, and we’re really improving every time we train and we play games. We know we’re definitely capable of surprising our opponents.”
Oar said the Socceroos have been studying the way La Roja play and practicing their finishing this week.
“We’ve been watching a lot of their games recently and we notice they’re very attacking, very fast and very mobile and like to press the other teams a lot,” the 22-year old said.
“(They) try and make them turn over the balls in bad areas, so we have to be very sharp to prevent that from happening.
“We know that if we can get out of the tight areas with their pressing they’re going to leave themselves exposed in other areas.
“It’s something we’ve been working on in training and now it’s just a matter of implementing it.
“On Friday we lacked getting the early balls into the box. I think a few times we got in behind (Croatia) quite well and we just needed a quick delivery into the box which we took too long to dwell onto the ball.
“Today we worked on it, we got some good balls in and we know if we can do that then Timmy’s going to score.”
Oar believes the performance against Croatia last week has given the Socceroos some confidence heading into the tournament.
“We were very organised at the back,” he said.
“They had some fantastic players playing and they really struggled to break us down.
“I think we got into good areas quite regularly and if we had a better final ball, or were a bit sharper in the final third, we could have created a lot of problems for them.
“Today we worked on that a fair bit in the training and I think that all things are positive going into the first game so we can go in with a lot of confidence.”
Mark Bresciano is set to return to the Socceroos starting XI for the Chile game and Oar said he has no preference where he plays.
“It’s fantastic,” the former Brisbane Roar attacker said.
“Obviously he (Bresciano) has so much experience and this will be his third World Cup. He brings a lot of composure on the field so it’s great that he’s fit again.
“To be honest I enjoy both roles for different reasons. I like on the left wing - I enjoy it because I can get balls into the box and especially when you have someone like Timmy in there who can tap in the ball, it’s fantastic.
“In the number 10 as well if you can find yourself in between the lines, I also enjoy that role as well. Wherever he (Postecoglou) sees me and is best for the team, I will play.”comments