Australian national team Head Coach Ange Postecoglou says his have no excuses.
Sure, they struggled to gather intelligence on Kyrgyzstan ahead of Tuesday night’s battle in Bishkek.
And yes, Australia’s opening game in their campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup qualifier will be played on a dicey deck.
“Will it affect the way we play our football?,” Postecoglou said of the shifty surface at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium.
“Of course it will, because we like to play a game on the deck and move the ball around.
“But that is just another challenge for us.
“From our perspective, it may be an inhibitor to the kind of spectacle we put on.
“But it shouldn’t stop us from performing well and performing strongly and getting the result we need.”
Postecoglou believed his squad were fully prepared for Australia’s first-ever clash against the Kyrgyzs.
“The players are ready for whatever is thrown before them,” he said.
“Whether that is the conditions, the opposition… we have worked hard the last 12 to 18 months to make sure we have got a group – players and staff – who, whatever is put before us, we will tackle to the best of our ability.”
The Socceroos enter the fixture as overwhelming favourites to defeat the Kyrgyzs, who are ranked 177th in the world and have never made a World or Asian cup since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
“It’s not a destination where we have come before as a nation to play, so that in itself means that there is a lot of unknown,” he said.
“But once the draw came out, we made sure we tried to find out as much as we could.
“We have had people here checking the conditions and what we’re likely to face on and off the pitch.
“That is the excitement of the World Cup and football – it will take you to places where you haven’t been before.”
© 2015 AAP | This article first appeared via AAP on 16 June 2015.