Aussie Keeper Matty Ryan believes the Socceroos’ strong finish in their Confederations Cup opener against Germany will give them momentum going into Thursday’s clash with Cameroon in Saint Petersburg.
Australia put in a much-improved showing in the second half against the reigning world champions as they went down 3-2 defeat in Sochi.
“We finished that match with a lot of momentum,” the new Brighton and Hove Albion keeper said.
“We were all eager to fix [a few] structural things and look at the Cameroon guys and implement a plan that’s going to beat them.
“We’ll be looking to do that from the first second of the match up until the last and we’re confident if we can do that, we can get the result we need.
Ryan admitted that Cameroon will still be tough to beat as the Africans will also be desperate for a win after losing to Chile in their first match.
“As individuals they’re big, strong and fast,” said Ryan.
“We saw that against Chile and we’re going to have our work cut out for us.
“With our game plan, with every opposition we face, we don’t like to change too much so our fundamentals stay [the same] – keeping the ball and starving the opposition of possession.
“[We like] playing our attacking brand of football, playing between the lines and hopefully creating lots of chances.
“It’s do or die now – we’ve really got to get these three points,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou dismissed criticism by Cameron coach Hugo Broos after he said Australia were “very direct.”
Postecoglou countered, making reference to complimentary remarks made about the Socceroos by Germany coach Joachim Low following their match in Sochi.
“I don’t know what (Broos is) watching but from our perspective we certainly know how we want to play our football,” he said.
“The World Cup-winning coach saw it differently. You’ve got two contrasting opinions, you can choose to believe him or not.”