On the eve of the next installment of the Japan-Australia rivalry, the message from Ange Postecoglou remains steadfast about building the pool of players and being ready for January.
“I’m quite happy how we are progressing,” Postecoglou told the press.
“We are slowly creating more depth. We found if we had key injuries in the past we had trouble replacing them but we are getting better in that regard.
“From tomorrow night we will see who stands up. We’re at a point of regenerating the team. We are confident we will have a good pool of players to take us through the next World Cup cycle.”
There is talk of Javier Aguirre resting stars Kensuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa from the start but Ange said he wouldn’t let Japan’s lineup affect his approach.
Although if the training sessions are any indication Aussie veterans Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano might also start from the bench, not that Postecoglou was giving anything away.
“We’ve had a different preparation to Japan,” Ange said referring to Japan’s match on Friday against Honduras.
“We want every one to be available and we will field our strongest team.
“We’re expecting a strong Japanese side.
“Playing against Japan in Japan. It’s a great rivalry.
“With the Asian Cup around the corner, it can be a good preparation for us and Japan.”
Socceroos’ captain Mile Jedinak echoed Postecoglou’s sentiments on the rivalry with Japan and the challenge it will give his side.
“We know it’s going to be a difficult game it always is. These games always bring out the best of both teams,” Jedinak said.
“Come game game time tomorrow we are going to be ready.”
Jedinak was also unconcerned about who Aguirre would put out there guaranteeing that whoever took the field would get the best the Aussies had to give.
“Every midfield combination deserves respect,” offered Jedinak.
“I play my football with no fear. Once it’s game time it’s time for me to show my thing and my teammates as well.”
The Socceroos coach let it be known as great as the rivalry the Samurai Blue and Socceroos have this is just one more game on the road to the real prize which awaits in Australia next year.
“Regardless of what we do tomorrow night it’s all about the first game of the (Asian Cup) tournament,” the coach reiterated.
“It’s all about having a strong pool of players come January. Everything we do is aimed at that.”