Mile Jedinak has spoken to the Australian press following his country’s exit from the 2014 World Cup at the hands of Holland, saying that the Socceroos are desperate to end their time in Brazil on a high.
As they head into their final group game against a demoralised Spain side, Jedinak and co. are able to hold their heads high, having performed well above the level that was expected of them, and with pure pride left to play for, it seems the Aussie captain fancies their chances.
It’s a major step with what we have done, but the next step is to start getting those results in the big games.”
“It is just kicking on from here now. It’s all about keeping that buzz going.
“We have captivated the nation again, and, to a degree, the world, but we all know this business and this industry that we’re in is driven by results.”
“It definitely gives you a feeling of pride, but it also gives you that feeling of what could have been as well.”
“It’s not over yet, for this remaining period, the sole focus and remaining energy and concentration levels has to be put into this last game. We’re going to need it, because we all know that even though Spain hasn’t had the results, they’re still a fantastic team in world football.”
In terms of momentum, Australia will have a far greater level of motivation for their remaining group game, buoyed significantly be their performances, in direct contrast to the feelings of despair around the Spanish camp.
Admittedly, it would mean nothing in the grand scheme of the tournament, but a victory in the final game of their Brazilian adventure would be the least Jedinak and his teammates deserve after the intensity of their performances so far.