Postecoglou unfazed by testing draw in Asian Cup

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The Australians were drawn in Group A with Kuwait, Oman and Korea Republic in the toughest of the four sections of the 16-team event that kicks off on 9 January.


”Korea will be tough, no question,” Postecoglou said later.

“You’d want to avoid them but you cannot avoid them for the whole tournament.

”Our goal and ambition is to do well in this event and our challenge is to try to finish in top spot.

”If for nothing else to show that we are having a good tournament.

”But let’s not forget the other two teams in the group that are coached by two very experienced coaches.”

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Postecoglou said the first game against Kuwait was potentially the trickiest game of Australia’s three.

”From our perspective that first game against Kuwait in Melbourne becomes critical because we would want to get off to a good start,” Postecoglou said.

”The Korea game will be the one that will be most hyped but we cannot discount the first two games.

”If we get those three points against Kuwait we would put pressure on the other teams.”

Korea Republic coach Hong Myung-bo admitted that he thought his team could have done better in the draw.

”It’s not an easy group because being grouped with the home team is never easy,” Hong said.

”The match against the Australians will be difficult for us because of their home advantage.

”The Socceroos have a new coach yet I am also new to the national team. But before we play in the Asian Cup we both have a job to do at the World Cup.

”After we play in Brazil we will start thinking of how to play Australia.”

Hong said it was too early to set any target for the Korean team at the Asian Cup.

”The most important thing is that we prepare well,” he said. “We won’t say we want to reach the final or quarter-finals. Playing well is more important at this stage.

Kuwait’s Brazilian coach Jorvan Vieira, who led Iraq to victory in 2007, said he held no fears over his side’s baptism of fire against the Socceroos.

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”We will attack them because that is the only way we know how to play,” Vieira said.

Oman’s French coach Paul Le Guen said he had no doubts about the enormity of the task facing his team.

”The Australians are not only favourites to take the group but to win the whole thing,” le Guen said.

”We will be the outsiders but we will try to bother them as we have done in recent times.”

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