Ange vows full-throttle Aussies will be unleashed in Sydney
Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has promised Aussie fans his team will ramp up the intensity on Wednesday night in the second leg of their inter-continental World Cup playoff with Honduras.
Australia is in a strong position heading in to the second leg after an impressive display in a 0-0 draw with Honduras on Saturday (AEDT) at the Stadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
But with fresh legs to come in – such as key players Mark Milligan and Mat Leckie and perhaps a few others who didn’t see game time on Saturday – Australia will be in a strong position.
Honduras, for their part needed to win and win well at home.
Now they will have to deal with the challenge of a high-intensity Aussie team, backed by a huge crowd on a good pitch as well as recover from the long flight to the Harbour City.
It'll be a tough ask for Jorge Luis Pinto's men.
“They [Honduras] were spent at the end also, and we’ve got fresh legs coming in and boys back in Australia who are ready to go,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports after the game
“And some boys tonight we didn’t use who’ll be ready to go.
“We’ll go hard [on Wednesday in Sydney]. We’ll put the pedal down and go as hard as we can for 90 or 120 minutes and they’ll have to keep up with us.”
Australia arrive back in Sydney on Sunday on a chartered flight after a brief stopover in Hawaii, a full day before Honduras touch down on a commercial flight via LA.
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