Tony Tannous, "The Round Ball Analyst", is a Sydney-based freelance football writer of all things technical and tactical, and has been covering Australian and international football for over 20 years. Tony is a pioneer of football analysis downunder, having started Australia's first football blog, "The Round Ball Analyst", in 2006, and has been an integral part of The Roar since 2009.
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On the field it’s been an outstanding A-League season, perhaps the best yet, as I wrote two months ago.
Australians have every reason to be delighted with the progress of Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos as they navigated their first phase of qualifiers with a style reminiscent of some of the play we saw under Guus Hiddink.
With little hype and fanfare ahead of tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Adelaide, it makes it hard for Ange Postecoglou to get his players up and in the right frame of mind to get the job done.
If the success or quality of any competition is to be measured by its evenness and depth, and there is some debate if that’s entirely the best method, then the A-League has made strides in the right direction this season.
Much of what went on in the terraces at Etihad Stadium was about flexing some muscle to send a message about who is the biggest club in the land. Those Wanderers fans who took it too far have since received an unequivocal message to pull their heads in.
To say it’s one of the most anticipated games of the season would be underselling tomorrow night’s clash at Wanderland between the top two, the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.