Ticker over tactics for Socceroos at cup


Ticker will trump tactics in Australia’s World Cup clash with Tunisia, defender Milos Degenek has claimed.

Saturday’s clash at Doha’s Al Janoub Stadium will shape the fortunes of the two nations cup.

The Socceroos have no room for manoeuvre: after losing 4-1 against France, another defeat will bring them down after the group stage.

The Tunisians earned a draw against Denmark in their opener, leaving them on a tightrope as well.

“It’s one of the few matches in the world of football where it’s more about the heart and the fight than the technical ability to play football,” Degenek said.

“It’s more of a desire to win.

“I love these games. I’m not a technician, I’m not a guy who will dribble 10 players, I don’t have that ability.

“But I have this heart and this desire that no one else can match and I live for these games.”

Degenek expected the crowd to be 80-20 in favor of Tunisia, who enjoyed loud support against the Danes in a performance that impressed the Australian.

“They (Tunisia) came with a lot of heart, with a lot of energy – and obviously they came with a lot of fans too,” he said.

“So it’s going to be like a home game for them and it’s going to create a really good atmosphere for us.”

Degenek said the crowd support would bring out the best in the Tunisians.

“It gives you a lot more energy, desire and passion,” he said.

“You don’t feel pain, you don’t feel anything.

“For a team playing against that, it just creates a hostile atmosphere… but that’s the best part of football.

“You don’t play for the big bucks… but you play to please the people who come to see you.

“And for me personally, seeing the fun in those people after a game, the fans, the emotions, that’s what I play for anyway.

“And that’s why I think this match will be quite special.”

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