Ange’s men to fight attacking fire with fire

Socceroos assistant coach Aurelio Vidmar says Australia won't be afraid of an 'aggressive' style of attack from Chile when the two sides meet on Friday.

Jorge Sampaoli's men are heavy favourites for the Group B clash in Cuiaba and expected to challenge world champions Spain and 2010 runners-up the Netherlands for a berth in the round of 16.

Vidmar and his fellow members of Ange Postecoglou's technical staff are well aware of the threat posed by the South American side in the group opener in Cuiaba.

Nevertheless, they have no intention of taking a backward step at the Arena Pantanal.

"They're very aggressive in the way they want to play their game," he told Goal Australia.

"They take a lot of risks. They're quite brave in how they have an attacking formation. And when you've got some of the best players in the world in (Eduardo) Vargas, (Arturo) Vidal and (Alexis) Sanchez as your front three, then I suppose you can be a little brave.

"We're not afraid of that. We certainly will know how they play. And we'll try to put them on the back foot, make them think twice about how aggressive they want to be in terms of their playing style.

"That's what we're starting to plan and Ange is starting to get the message across to the players, that's what we want to do. They'll put a lot of pressure on the midfield and we want to try and play through all that.

"We've got the technical players to do that, it's just going to take a little bit of time. But I'm confident that by the time we ... are ready to face Chile, that the players will be confident in the way we want to play."

European heavyweights Spain and the Netherlands will be more recognisable to casual supporters of the Socceroos, while Chile could yet be without the services of star man Vidal as he struggles to regain full fitness following minor knee surgery.

However, Vidmar was adamant that regardless of who takes to the field this weekend, Australia face a huge challenge containing their opponents.

"There's definitely no easy games," he said.

"They've got some super players as we all know, playing in some of the biggest clubs in the world. They'll definitely be a very tough proposition."

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