Confederations Cup win still a possibility, says coach
ANGE Postecoglou is still confident the Socceroos can achieve their ambitions at the Confederations Cup despite a rude lesson taught by Brazil in a 4-0 thumping at the MCG on Tuesday.
Australia conceded a goal in the opening 12 seconds and proceeded to conceded three more in the final half hour to cap off a night where Brazil's stars shone.
Post match, Postecoglou was insistent on taking the blame for the scoreline - admitting his substitutions and changes saw the pattern of the match disintegrate.
Speaking at his pre-Confederations Cup press conference before the team departs for Russia, he was still adamant they will not waver in their approach as they prepare to face Germany, Chile and Cameroon.
"We want to win it,” he said on Wednesday.
"After last night it sounds ridiculous.
"I took this job with the intent of being as ambitious as we can - ambitious for Australian football.
"When you're ambitious you either have spectacular failure or success ... I'm not going to change.
"That's going to be our intent. I want us to win a World Cup one day. After last night people think that's a century away. I don't think so.”
That message was mirrored by Mathew Leckie, who is confident the Socceroos can beat an understrength German side in their opener in a week's time.
Leckie said: "We know if we do what we do, we can get results against the very best. We believe now ... we believe we can go all the way in this tournament.”
There was a positive for Australia, with Japan's qualifying result against Iraq - where a 1-1 draw boosted the Socceroos' hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup.
That means Australia, should they get a result in Japan in August, are in pole position heading into the final qualifier against Thailand.
"[The Japan result] is not a bad thing for us,” insisted Leckie.
"It's in our hands in the next two games.
"We play Japan ... we just need to worry about getting results in the next two games. It's up to us and everyone in this environment.”
"I'm sure they [Japan] are sitting there revisiting their curriculum as well,” said Postecoglou following the draw with Iraq, with more than a hint of sarcasm. "It's an absolute disaster.
"It's a reflection of football in the region - it's a tough road to play.
"Japan would have played under extreme conditions last night and it's not easy.
"It's not a surprise for us.
"As you get to the tail end, people talk about pressure being on us, but pressure is on other teams as well and it's about how you deal with it.”
Confederations Cup fixtures (all times AEST)
Australia v Germany June 19 (1am)
Australia v Cameroon June 23 (1am)
Australia v Chile June 26 (1am)