Tim Cahill isn’t concerned about criticism of Australia’s performance against South Africa on Monday night – the Socceroo talisman sees the hit-out as part of a bigger, more important, picture, reports Iain Strachan of Goal.com.
Keep calm and carry on is the mantra from Tim Cahill, who is confident the Socceroos will be in a position to perform strongly at the end of their intensive World Cup preparations.
Australia will depart for Brazil on Wednesday with memories of a lacklustre 1-1 draw against South Africafresh in their minds.
Ange Postecoglou attributed the sluggish showing to the effects of a heavy training load over the last two weeks, with Cahill echoing his coach's interpretation of the game at ANZ Stadium.
"That was never ever going to be the finished product but I know for a fact that the amount of effort we've put in this last 10 days, on and off the park, tactically, knowing our jobs. It was good to see part of that," he said.
The Socceroos were without three first-choice players due to fitness concerns and Cahill tipped their return - along with more hard yards on the training field - to make the difference when it counts.
"You've got so much depth here with Matthew Spiranovic, Mile Jedinak, (Mark) Bresciano, Josh Kennedy," he said.
"Who knows what the end line-up's going to be, but overall everyone's got to play and make sure they contribute to the team.
"We've got things that we've been doing in training and tactically, what we believe in. It's all about training. We've got three weeks to work on the team. It's all about peaking at the right time. We'll work hard now."
There were 50,000 supporters cheering the Socceroos on against Bafana Bafana on Monday night and although there were more than a few empty seats in Sydney, Cahill dismissed suggestions Australians are less excited about this tournament compared to the Germany and South Africa campaigns.
"I'm buzzing," he said.
"I still feel the same as 2006. We've had a lot of success. This is our third successive World Cup campaign, so there the fans are used to it. So are the media. You probably need to blow it up a bit more for us."
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