Chile v Australia: Troisi looking at bigger picture for Socceroos


Australia's desire to play a more technical brand of football will not be sacrificed, even if it means early elimination from the Confederations Cup, according to forward James Troisi.

The Socceroos are trying to move away from a traditionally physical approach to a more sophisticated style under Ange Postecoglou and Troisi is confident it will reap benefits in the long term.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's game with Chile, which Australia need to win by two goals to progress to the semi-finals, the well-travelled 28-year-old told the Daily Telegraph: "That's the way the boss wants us to play and we're not going to change.

"For me the philosophy of playing football is fantastic. But it takes time. [These matches] are a good lesson, playing against some of the best teams, best players in the world.

"You can try and pump long balls and hope to be lucky and fight. But you can't fight against these boys, because they're bigger and stronger and faster than you. So you have to try something different."

Australia have yet to win in Russia, a hard-fought 3-2 defeat to world champions Germany followed by a 1-1 draw with Cameroon.

And it will not get any easier when they take on Chile at Spartak Stadium.

Troisi added: "Chile are fast and strong and aggressive as well. No doubt it's going to be a tough game, they're a fantastic side. We'll give it our best shot. We can definitely challenge them."

His words were echoed by midfielder Robbie Kruse, who is expecting a tricky evening. He said: "They're the fourth-ranked side in the world so it's going to be difficult.

"They are littered with world class players and we need to win the game by two goals so it's going to have to be a good performance both individually and collectively."

Kruse admitted the demanding schedule of playing three games in a week, combined with the travel across such a vast country, has taken its toll, adding: "[We played] Germany, the world champions, then flew, a day of recovery and then you're at the day before the game again.

"[We then played] Cameroon who were very strong physically and then it's all about the day-to-day recovery and then the focus is on the next game.

"It's demanding, especially for the players who've played two full games. But the boss will assess everything and hopefully the team on the park will get the job done."

Postecoglou is expected to make changes to his starting line-up, which could mean veteran midfielder Tim Cahill is afforded the chance to win his 100th cap.

Chile have a doubt over defender Gary Medel, who suffered a knock in the draw with Germany, although the Inter defender is confident he will be fit.

"I'm fine, calm, it was just a knock," he told La Nacion.

Juan Antonio Pizzi's men will advance to the semi-finals if they avoid defeat in Moscow.


Key Opta stats:

- These sides have met five times previously, with Chile unbeaten so far against the Socceroos (W4, D1).
- This will be the third meeting between Chile and Australia in competitive football; they shared a goalless draw in their first ever meeting in the 1974 World Cup, before clashing 40 years later in the 2014 edition of the tournament, when Chile claimed a 3-1 win.
- Australia have lost just two of their last 11 games in all competitions (W4, D5), however, both defeats have come in their last three matches.
- The Socceroos are winless in their last five Confederations Cup games (D1, L4) although they avoided defeat for the first time in that run, in their last match against Cameroon (1-1 draw).
- Two of Chile's three goals in the tournament this year have come after the 80th minute, Mexico and Portugal (one each) are the only other sides to score in the final 10 minutes of a game thus far.
- Alexis Sanchez and his team-mate Arturo Vidal, are two of just three players to have both scored and assisted a goal in the competition this year (also Cristiano Ronaldo).
- Chile's Gonzalo Jara (213) and Australia's Aaron Mooy (212) are the only players to have had 200+ touches in this year's Confederation Cup.
- 20 of the 21 goals scored at this year's Confederations Cup have come from inside the box, the only exception being Tom Rogic's 41st-minute strike against Germany.