Ange Postecoglou

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Wherever we have played away from home in this group there have been large crowds to support the home team which definitely makes a difference and we want the same in Melbourne. I know the players look forward to it. There is nothing better than playing on home soil, in front of a big crowd and hopefully getting a good win.feedback
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Aug 15 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Ange Postecoglou has to say. All of Ange Postecoglou’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Ange Postecoglou came from an article called Socceroos trio Jedinak, Spiranovic and Smith return ahead of qualifiers: “We haven't strayed too far from the players who went to the Confederations Cup and who we have had on the radar for a while, so not a great deal of change at this stage. There are a few new faces as well to have a look at, but overall pretty pleased with the shape we are in. It is going to be a great challenge playing away from home against one of the top nations but that's what we like to embrace as a team. We are looking forward to going over there and hopefully getting three points which will put us in great shape for qualification.”.
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Jun 25 2017

I thought we were the better side tonight and deserved to get something out of it. I don't see it as progression, it's what we were expecting. We wanted to test ourselves against the best at this tournament. We're not quite there yet so we'll keep pushing forward and make sure we keep developing.feedback

Jun 25 2017

He has this will and desire, it's the trademark of a champion and that's what he is. It's a shame we couldn't get it done for him.feedback

Jun 25 2017

He's a great Australian, transcending sport. One hundred games for your country and every one of them earned.feedback

Jun 25 2017

It's not just football, to Australia as a nation, he's a great Australian, he transcends sport.feedback

Jun 24 2017 - World Cup

It's why we're here, we wanted to be alive when the last game came around, we weren't at the [2014] World Cup. We didn't want this to be a dead rubber. We've made it hard for ourselves but nothing changes for us, we try to win every game we play, regardless of the opposition and the circumstances. If there's a physical component late in the game it'll only really get tested if we go hard at the start. Too often teams wait for their moment. We aren't going to be a team that waits, we will try to match their intensity, their work rate and see where it takes us.feedback

Jun 24 2017

They've a very settled squad, their best players play at the highest level, they have all the attributes needed to be a top team.feedback

Jun 24 2017

I was excited when we got them in the draw. We want to emulate their feats. They were a small fish in their continent and we're trying to change that as well.feedback

Jun 24 2017

On Sunday the approach is perfect for us, it just reinforces all the principles we've talked about over the past three years.feedback

Jun 24 2017

They're also really committed to a certain style of game, that's a really admirable way to go about things. If there's a physical component late in the game it'll only really get tested if we go hard at the start. Too often teams wait for their moment. We aren't going to be a team that waits, we will try to match their intensity, their work rate and see where it takes us.feedback

Jun 22 2017

We've taken both games to the opposition and we'll do that against Chile as well. We had a poor half against Germany but for the rest of it we've been good.feedback

Jun 19 2017

In terms of a result it's a loss and the loss falls on me. It's my responsibility.feedback

Jun 19 2017

They were way too good. We were probably lucky to go in at 2-1.feedback

Jun 19 2017

Overall, it's disappointing. We didn't come here to lose games and we lost.feedback

Jun 19 2017

It would have been easy to come out in the second 45 and chuck the towel in but we didn't do that.feedback

Jun 19 2017

Second half was better, we composed ourselves a little bit, we were smarter defensively and good with the ball.feedback

Jun 19 2017

It's a great opening game for us. We're playing against the world champions. A team that wants to win the World Cup next year. We want to continue to evolve as a team and we want to do well here. We're not going to hide. We're going to measure ourselves against the best teams.feedback

Jun 18 2017

Maybe that's just my demeanour. There's your answer. We keep doing what we're doing and we got a handsome reward [the Asian Cup], it wasn't given to us. People are easily dismissing that. They'll dismiss anything else so I don't really care.feedback

Jun 18 2017

I think my tenure has already been defined so I don't care about it.feedback

Jun 18 2017

Let's dispel one myth. When the teams walk out tomorrow I reckon we'll be younger. If people want to do some research, see who the younger team will be.feedback

Jun 14 2017

We want to try and win it, and I know after last night this probably sounds ridiculous but I took this job with the intent of being as ambitious as I possibly can, and I want to be ambitious for Australian football. I think when you're ambitious you have spectacular failures and spectacular successes. I'm not going to coach in between.feedback

Jun 13 2017

We get on a plane tomorrow and it will be good to get over there and start knuckling down in our preparation for that game. We'll be ready for that.feedback

Jun 13 2017

You never like getting defeated and you don't like a heavy defeat, particularly at home. So that has always has an effect but it doesn't have to be a negative effect though. From our perspective it's about now preparing for that game in a week's time. For guys like Bailey Wright and [James] Troisi and others in the team, who haven't played 90 minutes in a very long time, it was good to get them out there and they'll be better for that.feedback

Jun 13 2017

We did need to get some game time into some players and that was important tonight.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Russia

We'll use it as final preparation for the boys coming across for the Confeds Cup. It's making sure the whole squad's ready when we get over [to Russia].feedback

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Jun 12 2017

He's looking comfortable at training and I'm sure he's keen to get out there. It's his hometown and from our perspective he's one of the ones we'll look to get some game time into.feedback

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Jun 12 2017

Some will need 90 minutes, some only 45 probably so, others not playing at all.feedback

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Jun 12 2017

He will take a break to ensure he is ready for the season ahead with his club and what is also an important 12 months for the national team, beginning with the qualifiers in August and September.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Christmas

Losing Mile is a blow as he is not only an important member of the midfield but a great leader amongst the group. He has had a tough period since Christmas with his groin and we all agree it is in the best long-term interest of Mile and the Socceroos that he has a break.feedback

Jun 08 2017

The three points are important when you see how close the group is. I thought our second 45 (minutes) was outstanding.feedback

Jun 08 2017

We were in a rush to get into a certain place and we've just got to take our time with these guys.feedback

Jun 08 2017

The three points are important when you look how tight the group is, and more important for us was there was a real good response particularly in the second half. Our second 45 was outstanding and credit to the players. These are the kind of games you want to win. You don't want to be holding on. He said he played about 30 games this year and that's a first time in his career and I've no doubt he'll keep developing in his career.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I said before the game we're a little in a hurry to get these guys sort of mature and it just takes time. Tomi's developing all the time and it's been his first full season [at club level].feedback

Jun 08 2017

He was great tonight. Not just his goals but he held the ball up well and caused some problems.feedback

Jun 08 2017

In the coming years they'll grow into exciting players.feedback

Jun 08 2017

We've invested two or three years into them and I think over this next period it will be exciting to see how far they can go as footballers and how far the team can go. At the same time, Ajdin [Hrustic] has come in and looked really good at training and we had Riley [McGree] in the last camp, so we're constantly challenging things in that area as well.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Japan

I don't think that's because of the position or the consequences, I think regardless that's what they have to do to try and stop us and that's what we're expecting.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Japan

We know if we finish the qualification period off strongly, we'll achieve the objective.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Japan

It's certainly not our focus. The feeling coming into the camp has been very positive as it has been all along. We kind of knew the back half of this year was the time we need to be at our best and we wanted to be in a position where our fate's in our own hands and that's exactly where we're at. What we've found is irrelevant of who we play in recent times they've tended to sit back against us. Japan did it against us in Melbourne earlier in the qualifying campaign. I think it's recognition from the opposition that the way we play our football they've got no choice but to sit back.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Japan

But from our perspective it's about our growth and our ability to dominate games of football against all types of opposition and under any circumstances and tomorrow will be another challenge in that area and certainly our focus will be on making sure we dominate possession and we play the game in the opposition half.feedback

May 31 2017 - World Cup

June is a big month and we will need to test that depth but initially our focus is solely on the World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia at Adelaide Oval on June 8.feedback

May 31 2017

And no doubt he'll play at some point because if you look at our schedule, there's absolutely no chance we'll get through it with just 13 or 14 players.feedback

May 31 2017

All 23 [players] will get some game time, including Ajdin.feedback

May 31 2017

Every time someone's in the squad, they get an opportunity. He's one we've been tracking in the last 12 months and I got really good reports on him from the last Olyroos camp. And even though he hasn't started games for Groningen, he's made an impact. He's an attacking type and it's an area of the park we're continually looking for players like him, like Riley McGree in the last camp. I guess the fact he's in camp for a whole month, we've got a number of games will mean he's got more opportunity to contribute.feedback

May 30 2017 - World Cup

There has been some tough decisions in cutting the squad from 30 down to the final 23 but that's a good sign of the strength of the squad we have been able to name and the depth we have been able to cultivate over the last three years. If you look through the squad we now have a core group of players who have played 30, 40 and more caps and have experienced [the] World Cup, Asian Cup and the tough road of World Cup qualifying.feedback

May 30 2017 - World Cup

If you look through the squad we now have a core group of players who have played 30, 40 and more caps and have experienced [the] World Cup, Asian Cup and the tough road of World Cup qualifying.feedback

May 30 2017 - World Cup

There are some players who are unlucky to miss out but if you look at the 23 players we have selected everyone has earned their Socceroos call up whether they are one of the experienced players with World Cup and Asian Cup experience or the three uncapped players.feedback

May 22 2017

When you look at Brazil, Germany, Chile and Cameroon - particularly the first three - you're talking about three top-10 nations. It's exactly the arena we want to be in and the environment we want to test ourselves [in], and it'd be great to get to the end of that month and know we've acquitted ourselves well and maybe have another trophy in our cabinet.feedback

May 22 2017 - World Cup

With most of the players' season coming to an end in the last week or two we will have a lot of players in early, which gives us a good opportunity to make sure we are ready for the Saudi Arabia game. We'll be together for the best part of a month and previously we have been able to work towards some great outcomes when we have had an extended period together like the World Cup and Asian Cup.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Champions League

I didn't even know he was going to be here, so my mentality is to just to go on and score goals whether it's Champions League or A-League. I've hit form at a good time before the finals and I know if I'm given the chance I'll take it.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Get rid of the salary cap. I want teams who aspire to be the best to be the best.feedback

Mar 30 2017

It doesn't bother me. I think it's a good thing. That's exactly what we want but I think people get a bit sensitive because I don't agree with their views but I actually like the fact that they've actually got an opinion.feedback

Mar 30 2017

I love debate, but when I say debate, it means it goes both ways. If you question the coach, you've got to expect a response. I'm not saying I want people to debate it and I've got to sit there and accept what they say, I think it goes both ways and that's the stimulating bit. You get differences of opinion and I'm not going to be happy with some of the questions and they're not going to be happy with some of the answers.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Get rid of the salary cap. It's pretty radical and goes against everything we've understood about sport in Australia and [the A-League] has obviously borrowed from Aussie Rules and rugby league, but in our game I've seen just so many of our good young players go overseas at the wrong time because we can't keep them here. I've seen too many good players who want to come here and not be able to because of constraints of the cap.feedback

Mar 28 2017

It seems I've been held accountable for doing what I said I'd do this week and that's the bit I struggle with. Perhaps if I was a foreign coach we'd all sit back and say 'what a genius.feedback

Mar 28 2017

[I'm] very proud of the players. It was a challenging 10 days for us. Before I left all I heard about was structures and corporate governance and very little [about] football. We know we could play well at home. The other night we lost the physical battle... we didn't have a chance to set up defensively like we wanted to. Physically [Mathew Leckie and Brad Smith] can go with anybody in the world. [Jackson] Irvine was outstanding, [as was James] Troisi... and the defence.feedback

Mar 27 2017

There's likely to be a couple of [team] changes and certainly quite a few players putting their hands up to start.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Iraq

Everyone's recovered really well from the [Iraq] game. So from a physical perspective we're all in good shape.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Iraq

We really didn't cope well particularly in the second half and in the end they [Iraq] probably got the point they deserved.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Iraq

Especially in the second half we really didn't cope with them being fairly direct. And we just weren't strong enough in our defensive areas. We were continually scrambling for things and never really got a hold of the game. The first half, in the last 20 minutes [of the half] we got good control of it but we needed that second goal and in the end they [Iraq] got one.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Iraq

We concentrate on ourselves and if we play our football, we don't fear anybody.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Iraq

If I thought that, I wouldn't be in my job. We're expecting a tough game and we expect a tough game every time we play, but when we're in camp we talk about Australia. We talk about our team, we talk about our football. We respect every opponent, sometimes maybe it works in our favour that other teams maybe don't respect us, but we'll see that on the pitch [on Thursday night]. We're Asian champions, we've qualified for the last three World Cups, we want to qualify for our fourth World Cup and we're going to a Confederations Cup.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Iraq

With Timmy, there's no expectations on him to play two 90 minutes of football. It's more about the impact he can make in the two games. He's proved that in the past. Hopefully he can get some minutes this weekend to top him up a little bit and hopefully he comes into camp in decent condition.feedback

Mar 13 2017

We've come up with a good strong squad that has a mix of experience, form and players who are playing regular football. I was pleased with the collective game time the squad got through over the weekend and come into camp playing well. We face two important games in five days and it's good to welcome back some guys who have been out of the squad for different lengths of time for various reasons and I'm confident the group we've selected will be ready to hit the ground running.feedback

Mar 13 2017

If he does well at training, he could play. If he looks like he's adjusted well in training and looks bright, we won't be afraid to throw him in, either.feedback

Mar 08 2017

He wasn't even in consideration (for the Australia squad).feedback

Mar 08 2017

He's injured. He picked up an injury in pre-season. He'll be out for a significant amount of time. It's still not clear the extent but the early signs are that he'll be missing for a little while.feedback

Mar 08 2017

We have named an extended squad with a few notable returns but we will make a final decision after this weekend's matches around Australia, Asia and Europe.feedback

Mar 08 2017

We have named an extended squad with a few notable returns but we will make a final decision after this weekend's matches around Australia, Asia and Europe. With the Asian leagues and some countries in Europe only just starting I wanted to have another look. There is also recognition for some players who have been in good form in the A-League and have the characteristics to fit in with some of our experienced players as we move into an important stretch of qualifying.feedback

Feb 18 2017

You hope he has got a move where he plays regularly. There are new rules for him and Giannou just to play. There are no guarantees any more. That's a bit of a concern. He is still in the prime of his career. Robbie, at his best, is more than capable of playing at the highest level. He just hasn't had the opportunity because of injuries and game time. This next 12 months are big for him. He will either become a key player and take on that experienced role now, or get bypassed by others. That's his challenge.feedback

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