Cahill: We need to be ruthless

Australia star Tim Cahill believes the hosts will need to be 'ruthless' to prevail at the AFC Asian Cup.

The tournament, which kicks off in Australia on 9 January, features the best that Asia has to offer and Cahill believes Australia will need to get off to a good start to win it.

He said: "We have to be ruthless. I don't care how we win, as long as we win.

"Let's try to get through the group stage making an impact. Tournament form going into the last stages is really important, not only for confidence but for the fans and everyone collectively.

"For us it's the final third. If we are ruthless, teams are not going to know what's hit them."

Australia were defeated by Japan in the final of the 2011 Asian Cup and Cahill believes the Socceroos can go one better this year.

He added: "That (the defeat to Japan) was really disappointing and sad because we really deserved that.

“Before the game a lot of the top players were strapped up, there were a lot of serious injuries we carried through that game. If we could do that all again fully fit we would possibly win. But we didn't, so now it’s going to be up to us to try to go one better this time round."