Ange Postecoglou excited despite poor pitch ahead of Honduras match
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says his side won't be deterred by a heavy, poor pitch for their World Cup qualifying playoff opener with Honduras.
Postecoglou made his first visit to San Pedro Sula's imposing stadium for Saturday's (AEDT) World Cup qualifier on Friday (AEDT).
The open-air Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano has a magnificent feel about it, worthy of such an occasion -- but not a pitch to match, according to Postecoglou.
"I just had a walk on it now, the pitch is not in a great condition," he said. "It's a little bit bumpy and a little bit soft.
"We were prepared for that -- we understand it's going to be hard to play the kind of football we want to play. We'll adjust."
The Socceroos made tough work of running laps around the ground, appearing to sink into the pitch -- which has different types of grass in different patches.
The turf could impact Tim Cahill's chances of seeing game time, given the star forward is recovering from an ankle injury suffered last weekend.
Postecoglou did say on Friday that every player in his squad was "fit and ready to go."
The other factor which could disadvantage the Socceroos is the weather.
The tropical city has a muggy climate to match, though Jackson Irvine suggested previous experience -- including in last month's Asian playoff with Syria -- held the team in good stead.
"Conditions here are similar to Malaysia. It's not roasting hot but the humidity will play a part," Irvine said.
"It feels fine but once you start playing you feel the humidity.
"We've had to deal with some extreme conditions over the last year [and] in comparison to some of those I would say this is definitely something we'll be able to handle."
In all, it seems the Socceroos are ready to tackle the final hurdle on their route to Russia.
One day out from the clash, the usually gruff Postecoglou couldn't help but share his excitement at the occasion.
"As [an international] coach there's a real frustration you don't get the week-to-week adrenalin going for a football match which every coach wants," he said.
"The beauty of international football is when there's a big game there's nothing bigger.
"When the big moments come, you really cherish the fact you're involved in international football and able to be involved in big games."