We'll take Foden and TAA of you seeing you don't like to use your creatively best players, we need some of that talent down here!!Exactly what I was saying during the week though, this isn't a strong Australia squad, and their ball retention is a clear sign of that.
Its interesting watching this as an England / Australia supporter. I can definitely see trends with England in the apparent "golden generation" in the late 90's, early 2000's. We were strong enough to beat easy opposition, but it was very clear that our technical skills were nowhere near the best countries in the world, hence why we could generally get to quarters but then struggle. We went away and looked at the academy setup and invested a lot of money in technical coaching to catch up with the other European and South American countries and I think we are finally seeing some of that come to fruition.
Hopefully Australia look at this and invest where its needed, we have a big enough country to be able to have a stronger domestic league and International team.
Just as I thought. It was a lucky win.Start following soccer more than once every 4 years and you might be able to undrstand what the Arnold lament is all about.
Tonights win is fantastic. To imply me, or anyone who has bitched about the squad, is sucking eggs over an Aussie win just taking dickheadishness to a new level.
But while the win was great for us in this world cup, anyone with a little understanding of the game knows a 1-0 win doesn't change what's been happening under Arnold tenor.
Our goal, while the finish was exquisite, was a result of a poor cross that took a fortunate deflection. One inch higher or lower and that deflection wouldn't have sat up for that goal.
You walk away from a 1-0 win happy that luck went your way. It doesn vindicate anything.
Just as I thought. It was a lucky win.
Any acknowledgment of the massive achievement? No defending your ridiculous commentary after one game.
Only commenting on the post game 1 PRE meltdown. #eggonfaceOf course there is acknowledgement and posted as such. Any win in the World Cup is a good win that should be celebrated. You're again being a *smile* trying to imply I / the anti-Arnold mob are not happy we won.
But you keep believing a 1-0 against Tunisia changes 4 years of Arnold's coaching champ, you're on a winner there.
Its all opening up for us.
We will get Saudi Arabia in the 1st knock out game, then probably the Netherlands- tough, but not as tough as others.
Then Portugal or Belgium in the semis. Again, though but not impossible.
Beating France or Brazil in the final might be just a tad unrealistic though.
Arnold could end up with the job for life.
Interesting viewpoint Posh. Our inability to retain possession is one of the great frustrations of watching the Australian team play IMO. Is it a lack of technical skill or tactical deficiencies? Probably a combination of both. We played really well in the first half and scored a tremendous goal. But in the second half we just seemed content to give the ball straight back and let Tunisia come at us; basically just defend from the penalty box.I haven't seen as much of the Socceroos as some of you, but is it ultra defensive tactics or an inability to keep and control the ball. Certainly in the 2nd half there, Australia won the ball back well, but then struggled to retain it and they more often than not gave it back to Tunisia too easily. This is a technical rather than a tactical deficiency but will result in having much less of the ball, and appearing to "sit back" even if that isn't the main tactic.
How many teams in this world cup are worse technically than Australia. Certainly Qatar are, maybe Costa Rica? Other than those 2, I think every other team appear much more comfortable on the ball.
Please tell us we have no chance of getting a result against Denmark.