Australian defender Aziz Behich says just winning Wednesday morning’s World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan isn’t good enough for the ambitious Socceroos.
“We want the win but obviously do it in the style that we know how to do it,” the defender told FFA TV.
“We want to make a statement at the same time.”
The Socceroos are expected to have a battle with the world’s 177th-ranked nation in the unfamiliar surrounds in Bishkek on Wednesday morning (AEST).
However, Ange Postecoglou’s side is well-prepared, well-drilled and desperate to get off to a flying start on their road to Russia 2018.
A week-long training camp in grueling heat in Dubai now complete, Behich says the side is ready for anything that gets thrown at them against the little-known Kyrgyzstan.
“We’ve done a bit of video analysis on them. They are going to be a good side that’s going to fight against us,” the Bursaspor left-back said.
“They are playing at home so we are expecting a tough game but we approach every game the same. It’s not going to be any different.
“As a footballer you just have to take it on board and continue,” he added when asked about the different conditions in Kyrgyzstan.
“I think we have a good enough side to put those little things past us because they are playing in the same conditions as us.
“There’s no excuses and we’re just there to get the job done.”
‘An amazing story’: Patrice Evra leads social media tributes to Mabil, Deng debuts
There was a lot to like about the Caltex Socceroos win over Kuwait on Tuesday (AEDT) but arguably the biggest highlight was the international debuts of youngsters Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng. The pair were both second-half substitutes and combined on the right flanks, with Mabi
Stats review: Breaking down the Caltex Socceroos win over Kuwait
The Caltex Socceroos made a blistering start to the Graham Arnold era on Tuesday morning (AEDT) with their emphatic 4-0 win over Kuwait. The performance and result not only made a big statement of what this Australian team is set to deliver under their new boss, but also snapp
Opposition watch: Korea Republic stays unbeaten despite surrendering lead
Korea Republic’s unbeaten run has continued ahead of next month’s friendly against the Caltex Socceroos after a draw with Panama on Wednesday morning (AEDT). After last week’s impressive 2-1 win over Uruguay in Seoul, the Koreans were held to a 2-2 draw by the Central American
AFC U-19 Championship preview: Young Socceroos on the hunt for FIFA U-20 World Cup qualification
Some of Asia’s future football stars will gather in Kuala Lumpur as the AFC U-19 Championship kicks off on Thursday. And our Young Socceroos are out to show the world they mean business. A place at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland next year is at stake for Ante Milicic and