Ange Postecoglou says a poor pitch in Bishkek is all part of the World Cup qualification challenge for the Socceroos ahead of their clash with Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday morning (AEST).
Speaking ahead of Wednesday morning's (AEST) opening qualifier in a group that also features Tajikistan, Jordan and Bangladesh, the Socceroos boss declared his side is fully prepared to overcome any obstacles as they strive to achieve their goals as a group.
They will be met by a poor playing surface at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, while the floodlights were only used for the first time at the Socceroos’ final training session at the venue in Bishkek.
“[The conditions] always play a role because they can be restrictive in the way we want to play,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.
“Certainly going to Dubai the training we did in those temperatures has prepared them for anything they are going to face on game day.
“As for the pitch it is what it is, it will make things more challenging for us but that’s part of this qualifying process as well.
“It’s not just what you will need to overcome in the opposition but also what you need to overcome in all these other external factors.
“For us to be the team we want to be we need to make sure we eliminate all these obstacles and come out on top.”
Postecoglou says he has a “fair idea” of what his starting XI will be but would make a final call after the side’s final training session.
“The pleasing thing from my perspective I’m pretty confident any 11 I put out there would be able to perform well and play our style of football,” he said.
“That makes the selection process a little bit easier from the point of view there’s not too many things I can do wrong in that sense because all the players are ready to go.”
Every player is reaching peak fitness after being pushed to their limits during their intense training camp in steamy conditions in Dubai over the last week.
It’s all designed not only to ensure they get a positive result against the 177th-ranked Kyrgyzstan and help on the road to Russia, but also a key step in ensuring they will make an impact when the 2018 tournament comes around.
“It’s just part of what we do. That’s the message I have externally but internally we’ve been working towards that for quite a while,” Postecoglou said.
“Every time the players come into camp they understand it’s all about progression and making sure that every time we’re together, which doesn’t happen that often at international level, it’s a meaningful time and we move forward as a group.
“If we keep doing that we’ll be in a good space in a couple of years’ time if we’ve qualified.”
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