Australia’s Mark Milligan on Tuesday night emphasised that his teammates will be prepared to deliver their best effort against South Korea in the 2015 Asian Cup final.
The Melbourne Victory midfielder started in the Socceroos’ 2-0 win over the UAE but was substituted just before the hour mark, perhaps with an eye on the Stadium Australia final.
“They gave us a good run tonight, but thankfully we got a couple early goals and a win,” Milligan told reporters. “It probably wasn’t our best performance overall. They really pushed us and from two goals down they had to go forward.
The 29-year-old stressed that South Korea, who beat Australia in the third round of group stage play, would not be of the same caliber as they were in Brisbane.
“South Korea will present different challenges than they did last game,” Milligan said. They’ve been wonderful defensively so we’ll have to play our best.
“We wanted to play the best team possible, and at the moment the best opposition available is Korea. They’ve been fantastic and deserve to be there on Saturday.”
The Sydney native, who has played in Japan and China in addition to the A-League, noted that the Socceroos were not afraid to change positions when needed.
“There’s been a lot of players asked to do many different things at different times,” he elaborated. “We all just put our hand up when needed, and I think that’s what’s gotten us to where we are.
“Whoever’s asked to do the job on Saturday will do it to their best ability.”