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Watching Japan vs South Korea they were on a whole other level. Beautiful flowing football and took every chance available to them.I’m trying to work out if it was the Agent U23 cup or we just don’t make good attackers or bad coaching or all of the above
The more I think about it is seems like a few players might have been more interested in how they looked then how the team performed.
Now the one or two players not needing to impress like Koul were more frustrated with the hog mentally of the supply chain as they were determined to go it alone and a pass was a last resort. I’d say it would be lucky to be 5 times the whole tournament Koul was given a pass that went to or even near him.
Najjerine and Brook in particular were trying to beat everything in front of them and had no idea how to play a team game.
They looked a good flowing team in the first half of the first game but as the tournament went on they were predictable and very hoggy.
As the opposition went up in class we went backwards.
Then there is the finishing. Saudi Arabia and Japan get one chance and bury brilliant strikes. We go all A League and spray them everywhere but near the goals.
What started out as a promising tournament turned into how are we going to compete at Socceroos level in the next 5 years
A lot of work to do.
Wholeheartedly agree OzHammer, it isn't in Australian football culture to play that way. Having basically never had promotion and relegation bred that into us, as well as the influence of Aussie rules and Rugby.Our boys did ok but I often thought that they looked like 11 individuals and weren’t a cohesive team. Maybe that’s a product of pulling players from differing leagues and not enough preparation but I feel there is more to it than that.
Australian National teams always look more convincing when they take the game to their opposition imho. Sure, that’s a high risk strategy but it also equally holds the prospect of high reward. When we try to play cagey, conservative football, we more often than not get beaten. We would of course need the players to execute an up tempo style but the more we do it the more effective we should get.
He who dares wins.
Coach playing his favourites even when they didn’t pull their weight. Thought we could do the same when we started hitting better opponents and we hit the wall hard. Biased but how isn’t Nisbet a locked in starter?Yep two of the most frustrating players of the team and were given heaps of minutes. Clear bias towards some players and this impacted the flow of the team.
Favourites were definetly played but Nisbet wasn't great against Turkmenistan so I can kind of understand why he didn't start. Don't know what Farrell did to not get more of an opportunity though, looked good when given a chance.Coach playing his favourites even when they didn’t pull their weight. Thought we could do the same when we started hitting better opponents and we hit the wall hard. Biased but how isn’t Nisbet a locked in starter?
Favourites were definetly played but Nisbet wasn't great against Turkmenistan so I can kind of understand why he didn't start. Don't know what Farrell did to not get more of an opportunity though, looked good when given a chance.
Probably says more about the individuality issues within that team, that is too many were about showcasing themselves over working for the team.I found that Nisbet seemed to be shunned. People would pass all around him. Miller would use him and Alou made some runs off him but the rest avoided him. Was it because they didn't trust him or because they thought he would show them up.
You'd think that would be exactly the behaviour the coach would be warning against and punishing.Probably say more about the individuality issues within that team, that’s is too many were about showcasing themselves over working for the team.