"We want to win it." That was the call from coach Ange Postecoglou as the Caltex Socceroos prepared to jet in to Russia for the Confederations Cup.
Australia left last night (Wed) from Melbourne airport and are set to arrive later today (Thursday) into Russia to begin preparations for their fourth Confederations Cup.
And as always, there's desire and ambition from the reigning Asian champions, who earned their spot in Russia after they won the AFC Asian Cup 2015.
AMBITIOUS ANGE AIMS HIGH
"I know after [the Brazil game] that probably sounds ridiculous," Postecoglou told reporters in Melbourne.
"But I took this job with the intent of being as ambitious as I possibly can.
"I want to be ambitious for Australian football.
"When you're ambitious, you have spectacular failures and spectacular successes.
"I'm not going to coach in between - I'm not going to just notch up a stint for my country as coach, just flat-lining.
"Let's go there and see what we can do.
"The first game is obviously critical - if we can get a result against Germany, it's that type of competition where you're a chance.
"I want us to win a World Cup one day - after [the Brazil defeat] people probably think that's a century away, but I don't think so," he said.
CONFEDS CUP IS CRUCIAL
With vital World Cup qualifiers to come later in the year against Japan and Thailand, the next three months are shaping as some of the most important in recent memory.
Australia will play Germany in their tournament opener on Tuesday, followed by clashes with Cameroon and Chile.
But the Caltex Socceroos won't be using the Confederations Cup as simply a building block for securing 2018 World Cup qualification.
"It's a competition and we want to do well - that's the primary objective and that's why we used the [Brazil] game as preparation," said Postecoglou.
"We want to make sure we give a good account of ourselves and try and get as far in the tournament as we possibly can.
"That'll help us with [World Cup] qualification as well.
"If you can do it against the best in the world and continue to develop and evolve then you've got more chance of being competitive and making an impact at a World Cup."
WHO WEARS THE ARMBAND?
With Mile Jedinak ruled out, the identity of the new Australia skipper remains a mystery.
"I haven't officially named Mile captain - he's just captained every time he's played," smiled Postecoglou.
"I don't think anyone should presume anything about anything we do.
"We've got leaders within the group and they'll all step up at different times as they have in the past.
"Guys like Timmy [Cahill] and Millsy [Mark Milligan] are the most experienced in the group but others are starting to gain some meaningful experience at international level and I'm sure they'll be looking for the opportunity to step up.
"When Mile has been here, he's been captain; other times Timmy's been captain and Mark's been captain for a couple of games.
"Depending on who starts against Germany, they'll captain the team," he said.
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