Ange Postecoglou verdict on Caltex Socceroos’ Confederations Cup

Ange Postecoglou has reflected on the Caltex Socceroos' exploits during a massive June in a chat with FFA TV.

Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou admits he’s disappointed with Australia’s premature exit from the Confederations Cup but insists the tournament will provide valuable experience for the players.

Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou admits he’s disappointed with Australia’s premature exit from the Confederations Cup but insists the tournament will provide valuable experience for the players.

The Socceroos finished third in Group B after securing draws against Cameroon (1-1) and Chile (1-1), which followed a 3-2 loss to Germany in their opening match.

Speaking to FFA TV, Postecoglou said he was happy with the progression of the team but believes there is work to do for his side to compete with the world’s best.

ANGE ON CONFEDERATIONS CUP CAMPAIGN 

“I’m disappointed it’s all over,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.

“We kind of knew that this month would be important for us because whenever we’ve had the guys for an extended time whether that was the last World Cup or Asian Cup, we really see some great strides and improvement.

“We certainly got that through the month of June but it just would have been great to have a couple more games.

Ange Postecoglou congratulates his players after the 1-1 draw against Cameroon at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

PLAYERS TO BENEFIT FROM TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE

“If you look at the last World Cup we put some guys through it like Mat Ryan and Mass Luongo and we really benefited from that in the Asian Cup.

“And the Asian Cup exposed us to players like Trent Sainsbury and we’re getting the benefits now.

“It is different at a major tournament at this level. Having guys like Aaron (Mooy) and Tom Rogic and others getting exposed to it, it just adds to our depth.

“The most stark thing that came out of the last World Cup for me was that by the time we got to the Spain game we were literally out on our feet and just had nothing to give.

“If you fast-forward three years, our third game (against Chile) was the strongest in the group in terms of our performance. It means we’re adding to those layers of depth where we can call on a number of players.”

CLUB FOOTBALL VITAL TO REACH NEXT LEVEL

“We want to be consistently competitive against the world’s best. There are certain things that need to happen for us to get to that level.

“One is continuing to develop our game style and game plan, and really embedding it into DNA of the side. I think on that part we’re a fair way down the track.

The Caltex Socceroos celebrate taking a first-half lead in their FIFA Confederations Cup clash against Chile.

“The key component is how the players go individually over the next 12 months in their club football.

“It’s still the missing ingredient for us. We’re facing teams that have individuals that are playing at a consistently high level which produces a certain type of footballer.

“We still have some guys that are not playing at the highest level. [Some] are not playing regularly.

“It’s going to be very hard to bridge that gap unless that happens. With performances like we’ve had in this tournament hopefully the opportunities open up for our players.”

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou proud of ‘brave’ Socceroos in Sochi

Brave Socceroos beaten by Germany

The Caltex Socceroos went down 3-2 against world champions Germany in their FIFA Confederations Cup opener in Sochi.

Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said he was proud of his team’s fighting spirit after an eye-catching second half in Tuesday morning’s 3-2 loss to Germany at the Confederations Cup.

Australia opened their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 loss to Germany in Sochi.

They recovered from a slow start to really push the reigning world champions.

POOR FIRST HALF

“First half they were too good for us, and we struggled to get control of the game.

“And we made it too easy for them and probably lucky to go in 2-1,” Postecoglou told SBS TV.

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo fights for the ball with Germany's Leon Goretzka.BETTER SECOND 45

“Second half was better. Absolutely I thought we matched it with them for periods of the game.

“And the character and resilience they showed is unquestionable.

“And from that point of view I’m always proud of them. And I wanted them to be brave.

“And we had a few opportunities to get another one.”

The Caltex Socceroos celebrate Tom Rogic's goal in the first half against Germany.

KRUSE SUBSTITUTION

“We weren’t making enough forward runs and that’s what Krusey [sub Robbie Kruse] gives us.

“I felt if we got the ball to our midfield in good areas and with Krusey making some forward runs causing them problems. It worked okay.”

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou : Aussies ready for Germany at Conferations Cup

Ange Postecoglou said there were positives to take from Australia's friendly loss to Brazil.

Ange Postecoglou said there were positives to take from Australia’s friendly loss to Brazil.

Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou got plenty out of Tuesday night’s 4-0 friendly loss to Brazil as he prepares for Australia’s first group game at the Confederations Cup against Germany.

Australia fly to Russia on Wednesday with Germany their first opponent early next week in the group stage.

The games come thick and fast with Cameroon then Chile over the ensuing seven days.

Postecoglou spoke to Fox Sports after the Brazil game.

Preparation for Confeds Cup

“For us as I said, this game was preparation for what we’re going to face.

Robbie Kruse on the ball during Australia's 4-0 loss to Brazil.

“We needed to do some things tonight in terms of getting some game time into players and we go that.

“There were quite a few that hadn’t played for a while, and for guys like Jimmy Troisi, Bailey Wright, Krusey we got some minutes into them.

“We’ll be ready for the first game.”

Debutants Ajdin Hrustic and Dylan McGowan

“It was important that those two boys got a run.

Australia’s display

“It wasn’t a great start. First half was decent. We were pretty happy with the way we were structured and the way we put some pressure on them and kept our possession well. So at half time it wasn’t too bad.

“Second half fell away to be fair. I made some changes and we got a bit disjointed and we got a bit stretched and they [Brazil] are a good side and they took advantage of that.”

Brazil proved too classy for the Caltex Socceroos at the MCG on Tuesday night.

Milligan for injured Jedinak

“Millsy was good. He’s had a rough couple of days after he lost his grandfather yesterday.

“And it’s been a tough time for him … but you know what you’re going to get with Millsy, he’s a very strong character and a very good footballer.

“He’s going to have to fill that breach now [with Jedinak injured and out] and he’ll do well.”

Mark Milligan says Tuesday's clash with Brazil is ideal preparation for the upcoming Confederations Cup.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou eyes knocking off Japan after Saudi win

Ange Postecoglou acknowledges Aaron Mooy after Australia's win over Saudi Arabia.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said Australia will be full of belief that they can get a result in Japan in August after moving equal second place in the group.

Australia is now level with the Saudis in second, but one behind on goal difference with two games left in the group.

Japan are on top of the group on goal difference and they face Australia in Saitama on August 31.

Standings 

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form
1

Japan

Japan 7 5 1 1 9 16
WWDWWW
2

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 8 5 1 2 7 16
DWLWWL
3

Australia

Australia 8 4 4 0 6 16
DDDDWW
4

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 7 3 0 4 -3 9
LWLWLL
5

Iraq

Iraq 7 1 1 5 -3 4
LLWLDL
6

 

Thailand

Thailand 7 0 1 6 -16 1
LLLDLL
P
Played
W
Win
D
Draw
L
Lose
GD
Goals Difference
Pts
Points

Before that though they face Iraq in Tehran next week to potentially move them three points clear at the top.

Japan players celebrate a goal in their win over UAE.

Only the top two nations automatically qualify for Russia 2018.

Postecoglou spoke with Fox Sports after the game and said the bigger picture rather than goal difference was what he was focussed on.

BEAT JAPAN IS THE GOAL

I know everyone’s really focussed on qualification but I’m not going to buy into it.

We’re trying to go on this path of playing a certain kind of football and what we want to do is go to Japan and knock them off.

The Caltex Socceroos players celebrate Tom Rogic's second half strike against Saudi Arabia.

If we do that then you don’t have to worry about goal difference or points and that’s been our mindset since the start of this World Cup campaign. And it’ll continue to be so.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou praises Caltex Socceroos’ strength in depth

Ange Postecoglou spoke to the media in Adelaide ahead of Thursday's vital FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Ange Postecoglou spoke to the media in Adelaide ahead of Thursday’s vital FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has pinpointed his midfield as perhaps his side’s area of greatest strength.

NOT JUST MILE AND MILLSY ANYMORE

“It’s probably developed in the last two-and-a-half years since the Asian Cup,” Postecoglou told the assembled media in Adelaide.

“Guys like Luongo, Mooy, Rogic, Irvine and Troisi are getting to the stage of their careers where they’re progressing and playing at a good level.

Jackson Irvine“They’re also now getting between that 10 and 20 appearances for Australia.

“When you back that up with the experience of Mile and Millsy, we’ve got some real depth there.

“I could literally put two or three different formations out there and I’d be pretty comfortable putting them all out there to get the job done.

“That’s the kind of position we wanted to be in and it’s certainly a strength of ours,” he said.

Group B Standings

Pos. Pts P W D L GD Form
1
Japan
Japan 16 7 5 1 1 9
WDWWW
2

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 16 7 5 1 1 8
DWLWW
3

Australia

Australia 13 7 3 4 0 5
DDDDW
4

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 9 7 3 0 4 -3
WLWLL
5

Iraq

Iraq 4 7 1 1 5 -3
LWLDL
6

Thailand

Thailand 1 7 0 1 6 -16
LLDLL
Pts
Points
P
Played
W
Win
D
Draw
L
Lose
GD
Goals Difference

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

While his immediate focus is on gaining three precious points against the Saudis, the Caltex Socceroos coach also has an eye to the future.

And it’s looking bright for many of his midfield brigade.

“Their best football is ahead of them – they’re nowhere near in their peak period,” Postecoglou declared.

“Hopefully they keep getting the right encouragement to continue on and have the same mindset and all those guys are very motivated to improve their football.

“It’s exciting for tomorrow and it’s exciting for beyond tomorrow.”

Ange Postecoglou

FRESH FACES LEADING THE WAY

It’s not just his midfielders who have Postecoglou excited about the future.

There are others who have the world at their feet, too.

“You look at Sainsbury, Juric, Leckie, Smith,” said Postecoglou.

Mathew Leckie controls the ball in the recent qualifier against UAE.“All these guys are 23, 24.

“We’ve invested two or three years into them and I think over this next period it will be exciting to see how far they can go as footballers and how far the team can go.

“At the same time, Ajdin [Hrustic] has come in and looked really good at training and we had Riley [McGree] in the last camp, so we’re constantly challenging things in that area as well.”

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou delighted with fresh Tom Rogic as Saudis loom

Tom Rogic has returned to fitness and will be crucial for Australia against Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Staff writer
Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has praised Celtic’s management of returning star Tom Rogic as his key playmaker hits top form once again.

With the classy Rogic looming as a key man for the Australians ahead of a big June – starting with a must-win World Cup qualifier with Saudi Arabia in Adelaide on June 8 – Postecoglou was delighted the 24-year-old Canberra talent is close to his electrifying best once again.

“It’s good to have him playing again after missing an extended period of time,” Postecoglou said after announcing a 30-man squad for June’s games.

Tom Rogic’s return to first-team football has taken another step forward with 15 minutes off the bench in Celtic’s 5-1 derby thrashing of Rangers.

“Celtic are using him pretty wisely, they haven’t just thrown him back in there.”

Rogic ends the season relatively fresh after four months out with an ankle injury.

It’s perfect timing ahead of June which also sees Australia face Brazil in a friendly and play at a Confederations Cup in Russia.

Rogic is set to play in the Scottish Cup Final this Saturday against Aberdeen, where he’ll hope to crown a dominating season for Brendan Rogers’ Scottish champions with another trophy.

And the former Victory and Mariners player – dubbed a “Magic Man” by Rogers – scored in his first full 90 minutes back last week in a 5-0 victory over Partick Thistle.

Tom Rogic has returned to fitness ahead of the Socceroos' bumper June.

“He’s played bits and pieces of games and recently his first 90 minutes, which is great for us,” added the Aussie boss.

“They’ve [Celtic] already programmed in the fact that he’s got a big journey ahead of him and are looking after him.

“From that perspective the positive is that he won’t come in jaded after a long season, he’ll be looking forward to having some games.”

The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou : focus is Saudi World Cup qualifier

Ange Postecoglou says Australia's WCQ against Saudi Arabia is the immediate focus.

After announcing a 30-man squad for a “Super June” of matches, Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says his initial focus is solely on June’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Australia face Saudi Arabia on June 8 at the Adelaide Oval in Group B of World Cup qualification.

 

In the context of this group, it is an absolute must-win for the hosts, who sit three points behind Bert Van Marwijk’s Saudis in second spot with just two games left in the group after Adelaide.

Standings — Asian World Cup Qualifiers

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form
1

 

Japan

Japan 7 5 1 1 9 16
WWDWWW
2

 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 7 5 1 1 8 16
WDWLWW
3

 

Australia

Australia 7 3 4 0 5 13
WDDDDW
4

 

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 7 3 0 4 -3 9
LWLWLL
5

 

Iraq

Iraq 7 1 1 5 -3 4
LLWLDL
6

 

Thailand

Thailand 7 0 1 6 -16 1
LLLDLL

At the same time, the Green Falcons could all but secure automatic qualification to Russia with a win.

It will be a nail-biting night in the South Australian capital.

Brad Smith tries to block the passage of Saudi Arabia's Saudi's Nawaf Alabid in Jeddah.

ANGE HAPPY WITH SQUAD

“I’m happy with the 30-man squad we have been able to name for the upcoming June international window but initially our energy and focus will be solely on the World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Adelaide,” Postecoglou said after the squad was released.

“It is the most important game we will play over the June period.

“Saudi Arabia will be a tough opponent but we have always been strong on home soil and I see no reason why that won’t continue in front of our fans at Adelaide Oval on June 8.”

PREPARATION

The Saudis will be well prepared.

They have spent the last couple of weeks in Frankfurt in camp and will arrive in Adelaide a week before the match.

Saudi Arabian players celebrate their win in Thailand.

They have also had a delegation in the SA capital looking at training facilities and hotels.

Australia begins assembling in Adelaide on Friday (2 June) giving Postecoglou added time with the group, something that has shown to have its benefits in the past.

“With most of the players’ season coming to an end in the last week or two we will have a lot of players in early, which gives us a good opportunity to do make sure we are ready for the Saudi Arabia game.

“We’ll be together for the best part of a month and previously we have been able to work towards some great outcomes when we have had an extended period together like the World Cup and Asian Cup,” said the Australia coach.

SUPER JUNE 

Following this vital game, Australia moves to Melbourne to take on Brazil on June 13 at the MCG, they then fly to Russia to contest the FIFA Confederations Cup, where the Caltex Socceroos will face Germany, Cameroon and Chile in the group stage.

The Caltex Socceroos remain in 50th in the FIFA World Rankings.

“Saudi Arabia is the focus and we will work towards that game but after that match we have a good opportunity to test ourselves against the number one country in the world [Brazil] and then expose the players to top international competition in World Cup country [at the Confederations Cup],” added Postecoglou.

The Green and Gold squad will be trimmed to 23 players on Wednesday May 31.

The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets

 

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

Source : Football Federation Australia