Behich: hostile Honduras no worry for Caltex Socceroos
Aziz Behich believes the experience of playing in Asia has steeled the Caltex Socceroos for their winner-takes-all FIFA World Cup playoff against Honduras.
Australia have arrived in San Pedro Sula for the first leg of the intercontinental playoff and were straight onto the training pitch ahead of Saturday’s (AEDT) clash.
And while expecting a raucous and hostile reception from the locals, Behich is adamant it’s nothing the national team hasn’t faced before.
“I think most of the boys have played in big hostile environments and we’ve done that with the national team as well during our qualifiers in some parts of Asia,” the left-back told FFA TV.
“It’s going to be nothing new for us. I think if anything it’s exciting, it’s a part of football.
“We’re just going to go out on the park and we know what job we have to do and what the end prize is and that’s obviously qualifying for the World Cup for the country.
“It’s not going to be easy but we’re full of confidence going into these two games.”
Behich comes into Caltex Socceroos camp in superb touch after scoring three goals in his last four games for Turkish outfit Bursaspor.
The26-year-old has started all 11 league games this season to help his side to sixth spot on the Super Lig table.
“It’s been a good few weeks. We’ve been getting a good run of results and we’re playing good football at the same time,” Behich said.
“It’s been enjoyable so hopefully we can continue that for the rest of the season.”