Ange: Fresh-legged Socceroos won’t stop at a fast start

Ange: Fresh-legged Socceroos won’t stop at a fast start


Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has eluded to changes in Wednesday night’s intercontinental World Cup play-off second leg against Honduras.

Postecoglou has plenty of fresh options at his disposal, including Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse and Mark Milligan, who all missed Saturday’s opening leg in San Pedro Sula.

Tim Cahill is a possible starter after Postecoglou declared he was ready to play in Central America at the weekend.

“We’ll be picking an XI we think will do the job tomorrow night,” he told a media conference.

“We had our three players who didn’t travel, we had a few more who didn’t play much in the game and they’re al pretty important to us.

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“There’s an opportunity for us to put some fresh legs on.

“The adjustment will come not because of any reaction to the first game.

“The adjustment will come because I’ll put out an XI that I think will win the game for us tomorrow.”

Postecoglou made no secret of his intent to dominate Honduras – a potentially weary Honduras – from the get-go, with little letup throughout.

Australia hold a slim advantage from the first leg having drawn the game at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano 0-0.

The score after 90 minutes means the Green and Gold simply have to win the game to advance to Russia 2018.

Should Honduras score, the situation could get tricky, meaning Australia must net twice.

With a day less flight time and a chartered, state of the art flight home under their belts, Postecoglou declared the Socceroos would be unrelenting.

“Our approach will be that we’re going to start aggressively,” he explained.

“As long as the game goes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, we’ll keep going at the same level.

“It’s up to the opposition to try and stop us and keep up with us.

“We’ve never sat back after scoring and we’ve never changed anything if we’ve conceded.

“Our approach is always the same and I think in games like tomorrow, that helps because the players are going out there worried about a scoreline.

“The going out there focusing on playing our football, playing our tempo for as long as the game goes and when we do that, we usually come out on top.”