Mat Ryan believes the Caltex Socceroos’ strong finish against Germany gives the side momentum heading into Friday’s (AEST) clash with Cameroon in Saint Petersburg.
Australia overcame a slow start before pushing the World Champions in the second half of their 3-2 defeat in their opening Confederations Cup clash in Sochi.
ROOS’ APPROACH TO MUST-WIN MATCH
“We finished that match with a lot of momentum,” Ryan told FFA TV.
“We were all eager to fix [a few] structural things and look at the Cameroon guys and implement a plan that's going to beat them.
“We'll be looking to do that from the first second of the match up until the last and we're confident if we can do that, we can get the result we need.
“If we stick to our principles and our fundamentals that we base ourselves on and that give us our identity, we're fully confident we can get something from these two games,” he said.
AUSSIES AWARE OF AFRICAN THREAT
Cameroon will present a vastly different challenge to Germany.
The African champions are also desperate after a 2-0 loss to Chile in their first game.
“African teams are very flamboyant in the way they play,” said Ryan.
“As individuals they're big, strong and fast.
“We saw that against Chile and we're going to have our work cut out for us.
“With our game plan, with every opposition we face, we don't like to change too much so our fundamentals stay [the same] - keeping the ball and starving the opposition of possession.
“[We like] playing our attacking brand of football, playing between the lines and hopefully creating lots of chances.
“We'll be out to do that.
“It's going to be a difficult challenge, like any game, but if we can go in and get into our flow and rhythm of game play, I'm confident we can get the result.
“It's do or die now - we've really got to get these three points,” he declared.
When are your Caltex Socceroos in action this weekend?
Two Caltex Socceroos stars are set to go head-to-head in Scotland, while there is another pressure-filled 90 minutes ahead for Maty Ryan's relegation-threatened Brighton & Hove Albion. Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich’s PSV continue to push for the title in the Netherlands, whi
Former Socceroo Matt McKay to retire at season's end
Brisbane Roar skipper and 59-time Caltex Socceroo Matt McKay has decided the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season will be his last, bringing to an end his 18-year professional journey. McKay confirmed his retirement on Thursday, bringing down the curtain on a glittering career for
Aussies Abroad: Ryan’s Brighton in danger of relegation after Cardiff defeat
Maty Ryan’s Brighton & Hove Albion are perilously close to the relegation zone in the English Premier League after slumping to a 2-0 defeat at home against Cardiff City on Wednesday morning (AEST). There was little the Caltex Socceroos gloveman could do to keep out a goal in e