Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk doesn't want his Australian players taking a backwards step when they tackle France in their 2018 World Cup opener.
The French arrive in Kazan as strong favourites to see off the green and gold, with the Socceroos expected to sit back in an attempt to absorb France's many attacking threats.
Van Marwijk however has called on his players not to be scared of playing football against a France side that were held to a 1-1 draw with the USA in their final friendly.
"Against France, you must have the guts to play football, to be yourself and then you can find a free man at No.10," van Marwijk said.
"Against countries like France, maybe you get more possibilities to play because their field is a lot of time wide so you can play between - only you have to take the right position and have the guts to do that."
A repeat of such a result would spell disaster for van Marwijk's side in Russia and the coach has stressed to his players that they musn't be overawed by the men they'll be lining up against on Saturday.
"When suddenly (Paul) Pogba is standing in front of you or (Antoine) Griezmann and (Kylian) Mbappe ... you must not be impressed," he said.
"You can have respect. But you must not be impressed. You must be yourself."