Tim Cahill believes the Socceroos have to go on the offensive and be fearless if they are to get a result against Chile in their first World Cup match.
Cahill, who is appearing at his third World Cup, hinted that Australia won’t be parking the bus on June 13.
“We have to attack,” he said.
“We’ve already said time and time again that if we’re going to make an impact, we have to make an impact playing football.
“At the same time, add that bit of attacking flair that will get us chances, which will hopefully lead to goals.”
Asked if the Socceroos will press Chile high up the pitch when they don’t have the ball, Cahill said “who knows”.
“It’s all about the tactical time of the game,” he said.
The Socceroo veteran’s message to his young teammates is: “Don’t be a passenger”.
“Enjoy the game,” Cahill said.
“Believe in what we’ve learnt in the past three months, believe in ourselves, the tactics and the way we play - obviously what the boss has really sent into us.
“The belief is high but at the same time the quality of the football is pretty high as well.”
Cahill said Australia can adapt to whatever Chile throw at them. The New York Red Bulls forward said the Socceroos aren’t concerned about whether the injury-afflicted Arturo Vidal plays against them in Cuiaba.
“Maybe he’ll show up on the day and play,” Cahill said.
“For us, we have to worry about ourselves. He’s an exceptional player who brings a lot to their team. They’ve got a lot of great players.”
Cahill is expecting to face a lot of holding and shirt pulling in his aerial battle with La Roja.
“It’s no different to what I’ve had in the past,” he said.
“Anyone can jump high but it’s where you put the ball at the end of that jump. The physicality of football is what it’s about.
“It’s a competition where a little nudge can change where you head a ball or attack a ball, even defend a ball.
“It’ll be no different to the way we’re going to be and I think for us it’s basically, we’re up for every single battle.
“We’re going to stand up and be counted. We’ll play football and if that arises then it’s nothing that I haven’t had in the past.
“Hopefully the referees will clamp down on it in this campaign.”comments