Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou insists his side will be going “full tilt” for top spot against South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Postecoglou was full of praise for his side after Tuesday’s comprehensive 4-0 rout of Oman at Stadium Australia which booked the Socceroos place in the quarter-finals.
Australia now simply needs to avoid defeat in its final group game against the Taeguk Warriors, given it superior goal difference, to clinch top spot in Group A.
Despite that, the Australia boss said he wouldn’t be putting the hand brake on, gunning to maintain his side’s winning ways.
“We’ll go for the win,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports.
“(To go for a draw) Is not the way I set up this team, it’s not the way I coach.
“We need a draw, but we’ll put a team out there on Saturday to win a game of football, play well and be aggressive.
“What we need to get as an outcome out of it, is to keep progressing this group of players.
“It’s not just about the Asian Cup, that’s our immediate target, but it’s about building towards this four-year cycle.
“We won’t have the hand brake on Saturday, we’ll be going full tilt.”
Tuesday’s showing displayed the side’s newfound depth, with substitute Tomi Juric getting on the scoresheet, along with Matt McKay and Mark Milligan who both didn’t start the opening game against Kuwait.
Skipper Mile Jedinak could be fit for the Korea clash and Postecoglou hinted there could be more changes.
“Moving into the third game now we can change the team a little bit and give some guys an opportunity,” he said.
“No one has let us down yet which is great.
“We’ve got the depth we need. The players have certainly feeling comfortable in the way we’re going about things and the way we’re playing our football.
“They feel they can contribute.”
Australia won courtesy of goals from Juric, McKay, Milligan as well as Robbie Kruse, meaning eight different players have scored the Socceroos eight goals so far in the Asian Cup.
Plenty of criticism was focused on the Socceroos reliance on Tim Cahill for goals in the lead-up to the tournament.
“It’s great that we’ve got multiple goal scorers but more importantly we’ve also got multiple threats,” Postecoglou said.
“Moving forward that’s going to make us pretty hard to stop.”
Speaking about Tuesday’s performance, Postecoglou added: “They were fantastic. From our perspective you can’t fault any bit of it.
“They worked hard, we scored four very good goals. Full credit to the players, I thought they were outstanding.”comments