June 13, 2015 10:21:16 UK
Australia are dreaming big as they start out on the road to the 2018 World Cup, says keeper Mitch Langerak.
The Socceroos’ fortunes have turned around under Ange Postecoglou since they exited the last tournament in Brazil having lost all their three group games.
The squad learned from that experience and have developed under the former championship-winning Brisbane Roar coach.
We all believe we are on the right path in achieving great things. Why can’t we go further in the World Cup and achieve great things.
They proved themselves by winning the Asian Cup on home soil in January, and will go into the first game of the World Cup qualifying campaign against Kyrgyzstan full of confidence.
Australia are 1.16 to beat Kyrgyzstan, who are 11.00 with the draw 6.00.
Since the turn of the year, the Socceroos have won five and drawn two of their eight games. They maintained their form following the Asian Cup when they held World Cup winners Germany 2-2 in Kaiserslautern in March.
Langerak, who has won five caps, says Postecoglou has them believing they are capable not just of qualifying for a fourth consecutive World Cup but reaching the latter stages.
“I think why not? We are a strong team. We are well coached and well drilled,” said the Borussia Dortmund keeper. “It is important that everyone is on the same page and that is something the boss has instilled in all of us.
“We all believe we are on the right path in achieving great things. Why can’t we go further in the World Cup and achieve great things?
“That’s what we want to do and I think the whole squad believes that. Maybe at the start it might have taken time to get across but now it’s well and truly there and everybody believes we can do really well.”
Australia will take on a side ranked 177th in the world in Bishkek, though Kyrgyzstan have made a winning start to their campaign by beating Bangladesh 3-1 in midweek.
The Socceroos are 7.00 to beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0.
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