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FIFA WORLD CUP 2026 QUALIFIERS

Cabrera wants Bangladesh to get better in Australia

Bangladesh lost 5-0 away and 4-0 at home in the last 2 meetings against the Socceroos during the 2018 WC qualifiers in 2015

Update : 10 Nov 2023, 07:26 PM

Bangladesh football team head coach Javier Cabrera wants his charges to make sure that they will be better when they return from Australia after the opening group-round fixture of the World Cup qualifiers against the Socceroos next week.

“It is a great opportunity for us to go to the next level. We are very positive and optimistic of the challenge we have in front of us,” said the Spanish tactician during a press conference in the capital’s Kings Arena Thursday.

“We are pretty sure we can do well in Australia and bring a positive experience to Bangladesh. The positivity and good energy are around with the national team and we are hoping we can achieve something important.

“It is giving us the opportunity to play in such huge context that definitely we have to make sure that when we come back from Australia, we have a better team both collectively and individually.

“We are talking about one of the top teams not only in Asia but in the world as they reached the last 16 in the World Cup, so we definitely have to be at our best. We have to make sure that we are a better team when we play against them.

“We need to make sure that whatever we do in Australia we progress in the way we play, that we progress in our mentality, in our competitiveness.”

Before their toughest match of the year, Cabrera however, will only have the full team together for a single day in practice before leaving for Australia Friday night.

Bangladesh began their training camp four days ago but the key players of Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings were unavailable until Thursday due to the club’s AFC Cup fixture.

Whereas Australia are ranked 27th, Bangladesh are 183rd in the latest FIFA rankings.

Bangladesh lost 5-0 away and 4-0 at home in the last two meetings against the Socceroos during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in 2015.

Cabrera is also expecting a “very difficult” job in Melbourne next Thursday but hopeful of bringing a better outcome than the last time.

“Obviously right now the opposition are much stronger than any other opposition we have faced. So that is going to be very difficult because they will dominate us probably for many times. We need to still give our best to be ourselves and I believe we can do well. We can give a good image of the Bangladesh national team than the last experience,” said the Spanish tactician.

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