Vukovic expects more 'compact' Caltex Socceroos in Colombia clash
Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has offered an insight into the tactical plans the Caltex Socceroos will be seeking to refine in the upcoming friendly with Colombia.
Australia take on a star-studded La Tricolor in London on Wednesday morning (AEDT) for the second match of Bert van Marwijk's inaugural camp in charge.
Vukovic, who could receive his first cap at Craven Cottage, is anticipating a more solid unit than the one that was beaten 4-1 by Norway in Oslo.
Shape and discipline will be essential against a side featuring decorated forward Radamel Falcao and superstar playmaker James Rodriguez.
"We want to be a compact team, hard to score against, and we want to create chances and keep the ball as much as possible," Vukovic explained to socceroos.com.au.
"Probably didn't do it enough last game but it's a work in progress.
"It's a totally different way of playing to what we're used to, and when you change things it takes some time to get used to, but we're working hard in training and hopefully we can improve on our performance in the next game."
Vukovic has become a regular member of the Caltex Socceroos squad since returning to the international fold in 2017.
The reigning Hyundai A-League Goalkeeper of the Year, who attended the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, says being around the national team has elevated his standards.
"I think I've improved a lot in this environment, training with the best Australian footballers on a regular basis and with the best coaches and things like that," the 33-year-old said.
"I think you're going to improve, and that's happened with me.
"Not only with that but also with moving overseas and playing at a higher level, I think I've taken my game to another level, so I'm happy with where I am at but still know there is a lot of improvement."
Caltex Socceroos v Colombia
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28 - kick-off 6am AEDT
WHERE: Craven Cottage, London, England
HOW TO WATCH: Live on Fox Sports and Network Ten
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