Caltex Socceroo great Tim Cahill is urging his Australian teammates to be ‘fearless and ruthless’ as they search for a goal avalanche that will all but secure automatic World Cup qualification on Tuesday night.
The Aussies face bottom side in Group B Thailand, who have little but pride to play for under new Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac.
But the Socceroos need a big win – preferably by at least four or five goals but hopefully more – to put Saudi Arabia under maximum pressure against Japan a few hours later in Jeddah.
It’s an unusual situation with the deciding final games in the group not being played concurrently.
However, national team great Cahill was a picture of calmness at the pre-match press conference as he explained his thoughts and stressed the attacking DNA of the side under coach Ange Postecoglou.
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“We’re ready. This is a massive moment for our country to stake a claim at a World Cup,” Cahill said.
“It’s going to be tough, Thailand will put pressure on us.
“We’re very well structured. We’re a possession-based team that likes to attack.
“And we’re never fearful of the opponent. And I feel that’s the main thing to implement.
“It doesn’t matter who we play, we need to go out there and be fearless.
“And most importantly, be ruthless. It’s a massive game, we understand what’s on the line.”
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Meanwhile coach Ange Postecoglou said he’d wait until game day to decide on his starting XI.