Cahill backs Aus for Asian Cup

Socceroos star Tim Cahill believes hosts Australia can win this year's edition of the AFC Asian Cup.

Australia's top scorer of all time has faith that the team can go one better than 2010 when they were runners up, despite his side being ranked 10th in the tournament and 102 in the FIFA world rankings.

Cahill said: "This is our biggest-ever chance. We were away in Qatar with our top squad and we got to the final and we just fell short.

"The thing here is about really concentrating on our group and making an impact when it comes to football.

"But overall when I look at it I feel that we can do that if we really believe in it. We've got to put into perspective everything that we've done before and this is it – this is showtime.

"It's a real serious moment for us as a national team."

Cahill also spoke out in support of under-fire Australia coach Ange Postecoglou, saying: "I think people can understand the methods of the madness of the boss's approach.

"He took us to different scenarios, he took us to difficult climates to play and it's been really tough. We could have played two games here at home instead of going to Japan (for one last friendly).

"We've definitely gone the hard route. I much prefer that as an older player, because I don't want to get here and say, 'wow, this is harder than what we thought'.

"Young kids need to be shown the worst-case scenarios and you see how they react and then he's going to know who to put in at different times when it counts."