Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou expects Saudi Arabia to play negative football in World Cup Qualifier

Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou expects Saudi Arabia to park the bus in tomorrow night’s World Cup Qualifier! 

The Saudi’s are currently sit second, three points clear of Australia. A substantial loss by over three goals could see the Socceroos leapfrog the Saudi’s into second place.

Expect Australia to come out firing from the first whistle.

“In recent times they’ve tended (Saudi Arabia) to sit back against us,” said Postecoglou in today’s pre-game press conference.

“Japan did it against us in Melbourne earlier in the qualifying campaign.”

“I think its recognition from the opposition that the way we play our football they’ll have no choice but to sit back.”

“I don’t think that’s because of the position or consequences.” 

The Socceroos faced a hostile crowd in the away leg at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. The conditions suited the Saudi’s, going ahead early and then coming back from a goal down to scrape a draw.

Postecoglou will be hoping to flip that script tomorrow night at Adelaide Oval, and play to their own strengths.

“Our focus will be that we dominate possession and play the game in the opposition half.”

Now we understand Australian football fans have been very skeptical about the surface of recent home pitches, and rightly so. Not to mention that Adelaide Oval is being regularly used for the current AFL season.

Stadium’s directors have listened, after a large amount of noise was made by the Australian football community due to the poor condition of playing surfaces during World Cup Qualifiers.

Postecoglou assured that Adelaide Oval is in great nick, and ready for tomorrow’s must win game.

“The players look comfortable on it. It’s in good condition.”

“If there is a substandard surface it detracts from the quality of the game.”

We hope this stat we’re about to give you makes you Socceroos fans feel a little better.

The Socceroos have never lost a competitive match in Adelaide. 

Postecoglou is impressed with the rising level of football quality in Asia. He believes Asia is quickly catching up to the powerhouse nations of Europe and South America.

“The gap between the very best at international level and the so called lesser nations is narrowing all the time, and that includes Asia.”

“There aren’t any easy games particularly when you get to the second part of qualifying.”

“Certainly Saudi have been very strong.” 

Ari Charilaou