‘Another opportunity for a great moment’: Ange on Caltex Socceroos' make or break clash
Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou believes a return to home soil will give his side a lift as they look to overcome Syria in a make-or-break World Cup qualifier second leg on Tuesday night at Sydney Olympic Park.
Following a 1-1 draw in Thursday’s first leg in Malaysia, a win or a scoreless draw will be enough to propel the Socceroos into an intercontinental play-off for a spot at the 2018 World Cup.
And with Australia’s impressive recent record at Sydney Olympic Park, which included the 2015 Asian Cup triumph, Postecoglou is backing the Socceroos to create another special memory.
“When 80% of the squad play abroad, just playing at home gives the players a lift. It’s a chance to play in front of family and friends and also a home crowd,” Postecoglou said at the official pre-match press conference.
“I think whatever stadium we play in, the players really look forward to it. Obviously we’ve had some great memories here at this stadium not just the Asian Cup Final.
“That’s part of the national team experience. If you can create some more iconic moments for the sport and the country, you want to try and take them.
“Tomorrow night’s an opportunity for us to create another great moment in a fantastic stadium where we’ve got a great history."
After Thursday’s clash in Melaca was played in energy-sapping conditions on a bumpy pitch, conditions will be much cooler at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday night.
And after examining the playing surface in Sydney on Monday, Postecoglou admitted the condition of the field will only benefit his side’s playing style.
“We had a run on it yesterday and it’s in great nick. It’s fantastic and it’s the way it should be,” Postecoglou said.
“There’s a massive prize at stake. When we play away even the other night, the pitch didn’t really suit as at all. It suits the opposition.
“What suits us is to have a good surface and to take advantage of that. We had a run on it yesterday, it’s in fantastic condition. It’s great to see.
“Of course it makes a difference. I don’t complain for no reason. A good pitch makes a difference. If anyone watches us play, they’ll realise that."
New dawn, new goal-scoring style says Arnold
Australia coach Graham Arnold has declared his Caltex Socceroos side will look to develop a new style in order to score more goals ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It’s something of a new dawn for international football in Australia, with the FIFA World Cup™ in the rear-view m
Caltex Socceroos to face Korea Republic in Brisbane in November
Football Federation Australia (FFA), the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council today announced that the Caltex Socceroos will host Korea Republic in an international friendly match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, 17 November 2018. FFA CEO David Gallop was
How to get your tickets to see the Caltex Socceroos' play Korea Republic
Don’t miss your first chance to see Graham Arnold’s new look Caltex Socceroos live in action in Australia. Australia head to Brisbane for the first time since 2015 to take on Asian football powerhouse Korea Republic. ANNOUNCEMENT: A new era rises in Graham Arnold's first ma
A long standing rivalry: Caltex Socceroos’ history against Korea Republic
The Caltex Socceroos are set to fine-tune their preparations for their AFC Asian Cup title defence next year with a high-profile friendly against the Korea Republic in Brisbane. These two nations have forged quite a rivalry over the years – who could forget their last meeting