Postecoglou: Not the time for celebrations

The Socceroos booked their spot in Saturday's final thanks to a 2-0 win over the UAE on Tuesday, and while a place in the tournament finale is certainly a great achievement, it does not signal a job complete, with a tough clash against Korea Republic on the horizon.

Australia have come close to silverware in the competition before and fallen at the last hurdle, having lost to Japan in the 2011 final, and as such Postecoglou has asserted that his team will be focussed and ready for the though few days that lie ahead.

“The players have worked very hard to get this spot and I want them to enjoy the week, it is going to be a great few days and it is all part of getting to a final, you need to embrace it and look forward to it," said Postecoglou.

"But walking into the dressing room, there are no champagne corks being popped and they are already in recovery mode and doing the right things as they have done all tournament.

“It is a massive game. We made the final four years ago which was great for our nation. We have been in Asia for a while now and we haven’t won anything in the men’s game, but this gives us an opportunity at a national level to achieve something.”

Australia and Korea Republic have already met once in this year's tournament, with the hosts going down 1-0. The result was hugely disappointing to Postecoglou, and he knows here his side have to improve.

“We have to score. We didn’t score last time and we had a number of opportunities to do it, but we had a different line-up that day," he explained.

“After that game we were quite pleased with the performance and we thought we dominated that game even though we didn’t win. There certainly wasn’t anything negative coming out of it from our perspective.”

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