Australian U23 Men’s National Team coach Ante Milicic insists a do-or-die clash at the AFC U23 Championships will not hinder the evolution of his side’s playing style.
Milicic’s men are second in Group D after two matches and will need at least a draw against Korea Republic on Wednesday night if they’re to reach the Quarter Finals.
And while changes will be made to freshen up the team, the proactive mentality is set to remain the same for the make-or-break encounter.
“We don’t change our approach based on the situation or the opposition,” Milicic said.
“What we’re trying to achieve here with this national team is that people can see a distinct playing style.
“We want to continue on the on the way the senior national team play. We’re going to continue to approach it the same.
“Yes, we’ll look at the line-up again what we can do and that comes down more to recovery and how players feel.
“But there’ll be no change to our approach and our mentality and the way we believe Australian football should be played. We’ll continue going down that path.”
After opening the tournament with a classy 3-1 win over Syria, Australia faced a contrasting test in narrowly losing 1-0 to a watchful Vietnam on Sunday.
Milicic believes the setback is offset by the knowledge his players will gain from exposure to varying styles.
“They were two different types of games for our boys,” he said.
“From the aggressive high pressure of Syria then [against Vietnam] was how to break down a 5-4-1.
“It’s a great experience for our boys. We’ll learn from it, we’ll move on but at the same time we’ve got a lot to play for against Korea.”
Poll: choose your Caltex Socceroos starting XI to face Colombia in London
After Saturday morning’s (AEDT) loss to Norway, the Caltex Socceroos get a chance at redemption when they take on Colombia in London. Coach Bert van Marwijk handed debuts to the likes of Dimitri Petratos, Andrew Nabbout and Aleksandar Susnjar in Oslo and is sure to freshen up
What’s next for the Caltex Socceroos?
While Bert van Marwijk’s debut game as Caltex Socceroos coach didn’t go to plan, the side gets a chance to put things right when they take on Colombia in London on Wednesday morning (Australian time). The South Americans are a dangerous side, having beaten Australia’s Group C
Opponent Watch: Deschamps slams ‘cocky’ France
The Caltex Socceroos weren’t the only team in pre-World Cup friendly action this weekend, with all three of their Group C opponents in Russia featuring in matches. And Australia’s first opponents at the World Cup France suffered a setback in their preparations against Colombia
Analysis: debutants Petratos, Susnjar the positives after Oslo loss
Result aside, Dimi Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar had assured debuts on Saturday morning. It was encouraging to see two starting XI debutants given a chance in Bert van Marwijk’s first game in charge. REPORT: Caltex Socceroos undone by Norway in BvM's maiden match ANAL