Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia will play attacking football in the first leg of their World Cup qualifiers in Honduras.
The revelation comes despite Postecoglou being displeased with the state of the pitch at San Pedro Sula, which he says is “not in great condition”.
“We understand that it’s going to be hard to play the kind of football we want to play, but we’ll adjust to that,” Postecoglou said.
“When you look at the pitch, there’s going to be a lot of battles out there. We’ve got to match that, make sure that we contest every ball and the get the opportunity hopefully to play our football.
“Every game we play we’re going to try to win, and we’re going to try to win tomorrow.
“That’s what our football has been about. Whether we play home or away, we play the same way.
“We’ll be aggressive and we’ll take the game to the opposition and we’ll try to win.
“We do know whatever happens tomorrow it’s only halftime.”
Socceroos legend Tim Cahill got through training but it is still unknown whether he will play in the first leg after injuring his ankle playing for Melbourne City last week.
Cahill was the hero in the second leg against Syria to get the Socceroos through to this final stage, and is vital for the Socceroos’ chances against Honduras, but Postecoglou remained tight-lipped over his availability.
“I’ll make my decisions Saturday. I’ve got a fair idea about how we’ll start but I want to see them today, see how they all look, and we’ll nail it down before the game,” said Postecoglou.
“He’s not a Superman…but he is very professional and I think a lot of it’s just his mindset.
“From the moment it happened when he got the all clear from anything major in terms of damage, he was ‘deadset I’m coming here’ and made himself available for this game.
“I was quite comfortable with that. All the information I was getting from the medical team was that he would be available.”
Honduras are ranked 69th in world football, and have qualified for the last two World Cups in South Africa and Brazil respectively.
The first leg is tomorrow (Saturday) morning in Honduras, whilst the second leg is in Sydney on Wednesday night.