Mitch Langerak says anything less than winning the Asian Cup will be a disappointment and believes a rapturous home support is vital for the Socceroos' chances.
Speaking on Fox Sports' Shootout following day one of Socceroos camp, Langerak believes the tournament will be like nothing seen before in Australia and says a winning start is imperative to the sides chances.
“To play in Australia in a massive tournament, it’s the first time for Australia (to host an event like the Asian Cup),” the Borussia Dortmund shot-stopper said.
“To have our home fans, home stadiums it will be vital we get off to a good start.
“We’ve got a difficult group and it’s important we can get three points from the first game, build on that and hopefully we can come out of the group stage and press on.”
The Socceroos begun preparations for the tournament on Sunday with their first training session in Melbourne, with 12 members of Ange Postecoglou’s 23-man squad involved.
The rest of the squad will filter in over today to Wednesday after completing club commitments, before the tournament opener against Kuwait in Melbourne on January 9.
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