Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou acknowledges the Netherlands loom as an even tougher task than Australia’s World Cup opener ahead of their match at Porto Alegero.
Speaking exclusively to FFA TV, Postecoglou confirmed that midfielder Mark Milligan would miss the clash due to a strained hamstring but was confident his side had the game plan to trouble the Dutch.
The Socceroos know they need to get points against the Oranje to keep their Brazil campaign alive and will look to bring the kind of form they showed in the second-half at Cuiaba.
In analysing Australia’s performance against Chile, Postecoglou said he couldn’t fault his players' efforts but the side could not afford to again squander their opportunities against Louis van Gaal’s side.
Watch the interview above to hear Postecoglou preview of the Socceroos all-important Group B clash against the Netherlands, which kicks off at the Estadio Beira-Rio tonight (Thursday 2am AEST).
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