All the pressure is on Socceroos, insists Kuwait coach Jozak


Kuwait coach Romeo Jozak believes the Socceeroos are under much more pressure than his side to get a result in their World Cup qualifier.

The hosts are coming into the clash Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium at 6:30pm on Tuesday (1:30am AEST on Wednesday) on the back of a 7-0 annihilation of Nepal in their opening qualifier last Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Socceroos' last international match was a 1-0 defeat to South Korea in the friendly back in July.

Jozak says his side were under pressure, but Australia are now feeling the squeeze to get a result.

"We were under a lot of pressure because we had to beat Nepal at home. There were no ifs or buts," he told reporters in Kuwait.

"Now I think Australia is under a lot of pressure - they haven't played for a while, it's their first match of the qualifiers, (they have) relatively new people are on their roster as well, so a lot of questions they have unanswered as well.

"So the pressure is on their side big time. We have a chance, we have a great chance, I have a good momentum, I have a good feeling. The only thing I'm asking from my players is to take this energy from the locker room and use it. Yes it will be a tough, tough game but not impossible."

Jozak plans to rotate his squad from the previous match with an eye on locking down Australia's dangerous wide men like Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Jackson Irvine, Mathew Leckie and Craig Goodwin.

"We know they are potentially very strong with their wingers, I know we are going to be facing a high tempo match, that's going to be way they will try to break us down, with intensity," he said.

The Croatian was confident his side could keep up with the Socceroos for 90 minutes and said the sellout home crowd would give them an extra boost.

"You know not many times in a lifetime, in a qualification, do you have a chance to do something big. I said yes we're sending a message to Asia ... now we have a chance and if we take that chance it will be an unbelievable spark for the team, for the nation," Jozak said.

Source AAP