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Jedinak Aims For Perfect End To Asian Cup

30 January 2015


Ahead of tomorrow's AFC Asian Cup final, Mile Jedinak has urged his Australia side to be ready for the challenge that opponents South Korea possess as the Socceroos go in search of their first triumph in the competition.

The Eagles midfielder has helped his side into a second successive final and after losing against Japan in 2011, he is hoping to go one step further this time around in the game that kicks off at 9am GMT.

A Jedinak-less Australia were beaten by the Koreans in the group stage, and the skipper is hopeful that lessons have been learnt from that encounter as he aims to be the first Socceroos captain to get his hands on the continental trophy.

"You know that it's a final and there's silverware at stake," he told ABC. "The pressure goes up, I think everything's going to go up another notch with them and us.

"I don't think it's about unlocking one thing, but we're going to have to be at our game, there's no doubt about it. It's going to have to be from the start, and for the full 90 minutes.

"You give those guys an opportunity, they're too good of a team and have too many good individuals to let them off the hook but I'm sure that when it comes around, we'll be ready."

After tasting defeat in 2011, Jedinak is hoping that a home crowd can help urge the hosts on to win the competition and hopefully kick-start a new era and legacy for football in the country, as well as give himself another career highlight which are coming thick and fast these days.

"I'd be ecstatic (to win the competition) but I'm not trying to look that far ahead," he said.

"It would mean everything. To bring home some silverware would be awesome and amazing for what would be a perfect tournament for this country.

"I think progressing from the A-League and what that's done for football in this country - which speaks wonders for the game - just to see such a major tournament in your own backyard it is a once in a lifetime experience for some.

"Knowing that we've put on a show, you've just got to believe it's going in the right way. It fills you with so much pride knowing that people have got behind this wonderful game in this wonderful country.

"The sky's the limit with football in this country, and hopefully we can see that going off in the coming years as a result of this."

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