Questions the Socceroos should reply earlier than the Asian Cup

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Australia, the defending champions of Asia, have all the time been an Asian soccer powerhouse since leaving the Oceanian Confederation in 2006.

They made the quarterfinals within the 2007 Asian Cup, have been runners-up within the 2011 Asian Cup, and have been most notably, winners of the most recent Asian Cup in 2015.

Additionally they performed some pleasant matches, primarily towards lesser opposition, and solely conceded one aim of their previous 4 matches. Regardless of this, there are nonetheless some inquiries to be requested about Australia’s possibilities earlier than our crunch match towards Jordan.

Is there an issue with Australia’s defence?
Australia’s defence was uncovered by a protracted ball excessive towards South Korea, highlighting that Australia’s defence is very susceptible in the intervening time, particularly if Mark Milligan is shifted in a special place.

Most of Australia’s defenders lack recreation time, particularly Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich and Alex Gersbach.

As a substitute, maybe altering their defensive construction and having three (5 on the transition) on the again could possibly be higher (it appears to be working properly with the Glory and the Phoenix).

Having an additional man again would additionally assist considerably with coping with lengthy balls, and it offers the chance for Aziz Behich and Josh Risdon to go additional ahead, the latter a wonderful performer in latest matches defensively and offensively.

Behich has additionally been complimented on his performances in latest matches as properly.

How vital will the accidents be?
Daniel Arzani, Australia’s sizzling prospect and greatest participant within the 2018 World Cup is out resulting from an damage.

He supplied lots off the bench, particularly towards Hungary, Denmark and Kuwait. Brandon Borrello who was very promising in Second Division Germany, which led to the signing from Bundesliga facet SC Freiburg has been injured for greater than half a yr.

Australia’s greatest midfielder, Aaron Mooy, is out for the Asian Cup after two and a half spectacular years at Huddersfield City, one and a half within the Premier League.

He has been one among Australia’s most necessary gamers in recent times and his damage can be an enormous blow to Australia. Matthew Leckie, who’s probably one other assured Australian starter is at present unavailable.

He scored typically throughout World Cup Qualifying and a brace towards the Czech Republic earlier final yr. His pace, versatility and occasional objectives can be missed within the Socceroos assault.

Matthew Leckie

How does Australia fill a gap like Mathew Leckie? (AAP Picture/Lukas Coch)

Are there sufficient midfielders?
Arnold’s choice to solely name up 5 midfielders is definitely controversial. Midfield has been one among Australia’s strengths in recent times however omitting Terry Antonis may be very questionable.

Three of the 5 obtainable midfielders need to play, except if Milligan is put in or if there’s a change in Australia’s formation.

Are there too many attackers, and never sufficient high quality?
Arnold has added seven attackers to the Asian Cup squad, probably one too many. Kruse has solely scored one aim since 2015 regardless of common recreation time and after some disappointing performances, many query if he deserves to be within the squad.

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Jamie Maclaren, a disappointment in Scotland, hasn’t managed to attain but for his nation and hardly touches the ball.

Andrew Nabbout hasn’t scored but in Japan, and Leckie is at present out. In order that leaves Ikonomidis, Boyle and Mabil. Whereas this partnership may ‘bizarrely’ work, all of them are the least capped attackers in our squad and lack worldwide expertise.

Does scoring in friendlies imply we’ll rating within the Asian Cup?
Australia has scored 13 objectives of their final 4 friendlies, Four-Zero, 1-1, Three-Zero and 5-Zero. As well as, Oman, who Australia defeated 5-Zero is ranked 82nd on the earth and Lebanon, who Australia defeated Three-Zero is ranked 81st.

Assuming the rankings are correct, Australia ought to technically thrash most of their opponents.

Nevertheless, with massive opposition crowds, opposition gamers giving it their all, and probably uncommon taking part in surfaces, these three elements change Australia’s probabilities of scoring dramatically.

Particularly as they’re already not notably good at it.

Mark Milligan talks to the Socceroos in a team huddle

Defending their Asian Cup crown can be no straightforward feat for the Socceroos. (Picture by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Photographs)

May the champions curse come into play once more?
How many people predicted Germany to exit within the group phases? Or Italy in 2010? And France in 2002? Australia, the previous Asian Cup Champion, could possibly be its subsequent sufferer.

The Socceroos have been drawn in a tough group, with Syria, Jordan and Palestine, difficult groups in all of their respective ‘pots’.

Syria (pot 2) is 74th on the earth (sixth in Asia), Palestine (pot Four) is 99th on the earth (16th in Asia), and Jordan (pot Three) is 109th on the earth (19th in Asia).

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These are a few of many questions that will hopefully be answered on the finish of the Asian Cup, or earlier. Nevertheless, for those who imagine you recognize the reply, be happy to jot down it within the feedback part under.


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