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Postecoglou: Any team can be beaten

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

SYDNEY - Ange Postecoglou refuses to accept that it's mission impossible.

"Any team can be beaten on their day," the Australian coach says.

"And that is obviously our intent."

Postecoglou and his Socceroos are travelling to Brazil and the World Cup ranked as underdogs.

The Australians are ranked 59th in the world — the lowest of any competing nation in soccer's showpiece.

Some pundits believe Australia will be lucky to score a goal, let alone scrape a point against Chile, the Netherlands and reigning champions Spain.

But that doesn't bother the unflappable Postecoglou, who has embarked on a regeneration of the Australian side.

He's planted the seeds. But he's uncertain just when they will flower.

Postecoglou is adamant Australia can't keep relying on Tim Cahill, aged 34, new captain Mile Jedinak, 29, and midfielder Mark Bresciano, 34.

Instead, he's looking to establish the talent of players such as Tommy Oar, Matthew Leckie, James Holland and Jason Davidson — with just 40 internationals between them — to usher in generation next.

"We need to get games into these guys," Postecoglou says.

"They have got to get up to 15, 20, 25 caps.

"And you can see they're starting to grow into it."





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