With the Socceroos just four days away from opening their fourth World Cup campaign attacker James Troisi says Australia are well prepared for the challenge ahead.
The first match in Cuiaba has been identified as critically important to dictating the path of group, with the Aussies confident they can take something away from the match.
“We’ve been working hard the last month in camp,” said Troisi. “Basically working hard for this first game on Friday night” (Brazil time).
Hailing from Serie A club Atalanta, Troisi has seen up close some of the talent the Socceroos will be up against with teammate Carlos Carmona set to be deployed in Chile’s midfield.
“He’s a good little player, box to box. He’s very aggressive, works hard and technically is quite good on the ball,” he said.
“No doubt they’ve got some quality players and with the three teams we’re playing you’ll see some of the best players in the world.
“But you know the way Ange has expressed himself and the way he wants us to express ourselves we’ll play some good quality attacking football.”
One player who remains in serious doubt for the match is Chile’s key midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has not trained with teammates as he continues to recover from a knee operation.
The Juventus star made a surprise cameo in a World Cup warm-up match win over Northern Ireland last Wednesday but is struggling with inflammation in his knee.
“There’s no doubt he’s a quality player, I think they’ll miss him quite a lot,” said Troisi. “Obviously that’s a good thing for us but we don’t want to focus on individuals too much.”
Watch the exclusive video to hear more of what Troisi had to say on Australia’s World Cup opposition and see his hilarious table tennis miss as the team enjoyed some play time in camp.
Have you signed up to receive Socceroos Insider – Daily?
Sign up now to receive our daily newsletter, delivered at 12pm AEDT each day, featuring all the best news and videos direct from camp in Vitoria Brazil.
For exclusive Socceroo videos from inside the camp in Brazil, head to http://www.socceroos.com.au/videos
And don't forget to get social with the Socceroos
Aussies Abroad: Ryan’s Brighton through to Quarter-Finals while Milligan, Giannou pick up strong results
There were a handful of Caltex Socceroos in action on Sunday morning (AEDT) while some key figures were rested as their clubs negotiated cup ties. Firstly to Europe where Mark Milligan played a full 90 at the heart of Hibernian’s midfield as they welcomed new manager Danny Hec
Aussies Abroad: Luongo gallant in Watford defeat
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo can turn his attention to the EFLChampionship after QPR crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT). The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 loss to Watford at Loftus Road, in a tight game where each side cou
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's FA Cup action on the cards for two Australians this weekend as another prepares for a massive top-of-the-table encounter. Multiple players are involved in matches with major title ramifications, while Mark Milligan has a new manager to impress in Scotland. Read on t
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic keeps clean sheet as Genk earn crucial away result
Danny Vukovic was the only Caltex Socceroo in action on Friday morning (AEDT) as his Genk side secured a 0-0 away draw against Slavia Prague in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32. Vukovic played a crucial role in earning a clean sheet, making five saves as Slavia bombarded the