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Stuart – Bobby Moore was the captain and Centre Half along side Jack Charlton. West Ham, Leeds and Man U, they were the dominant teams in that period if my memory serves me correctly. I’m sure JB could add a lot more to this thread.

How does Arnold fit Mooy, Rogic and Hrustic into the same team?

JB – As I remember it: Alan Ball and Martin Peters were the Ball-players (carriers play makers) Nobby Styles, was a tough uncompromising halfback destroyer, Hurst, centre forward. Not sure about Hunt, in the halves I guess. And Greaves left out of the team, a surprise omission by many.

How does Arnold fit Mooy, Rogic and Hrustic into the same team?

AA – ball carries is subjective? (OK in my view) but in my day we called them “ball-players” one who’s skill sets were immaculate on the ball, control, first touch, and above average passers of the ball, but most importantly a ball-player who was capable of defense splitting passes. I guess Arnie gambled on this with his view playing his best ball carriers/ball-players to control the midfield and attempt to dictate proceedings. Perhaps in hindsight, he chose the wrong players who were not capable of carrying out his plan.

How does Arnold fit Mooy, Rogic and Hrustic into the same team?

Mooy is too important to leave out of the team, although he does look underdone, get him match fit. I have given up on Rogic, I can’t remember when he has had a man of the match performance—let alone a reasonable game. I will remember him in this match as the player constantly being caught with the ball, losing the ball, bad passing, and skying the ball over the cross bar when he shoots. Does anyone know if he is playing first team football at Celtic?

How does Arnold fit Mooy, Rogic and Hrustic into the same team?

Will that be co-hosts Israel/Palestine? Yeah right, I can see that happening 😛

Keep your head up, Aziz - we’ve all had days like that

AGO74 – “he should have just stayed on his feet and jockeyed.”
You are the first poster to suggest that—spot on! Let the ball go through if in doubt, then close down the attacker so tight that he has to turn away. The cover will come across behind.

Keep your head up, Aziz - we’ve all had days like that

AA – Alex Gershbach, now there’s player I had my eye on when he was with SFC and I thought he would be a regular in the national team. What level in France is he playing?

Keep your head up, Aziz - we’ve all had days like that

Agree with your sentiments Stuart, Arnie has a real conundrum on his hands now with that left back position—does he drop Behich or replace him with whom?

I would stick with Behich. He’s been a very reliable player in his previous few games and a real attacking weapon with his over-lapping runs.

But that night of horrors for him was the worst performance we have witnessed from one who was considered to be a player with safe feet. I’ll bet he has gone through that performance in his head a thousand times and replayed what he should have done not what he did that night.

I think he will come out of his self-reassessment a much better player. I hope he retains his spot.

Keep your head up, Aziz - we’ve all had days like that

“tika-taka” is controlling the game with one touch football—since when has that gone out of fashion?

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

At home it’s called the 12th man. And I’m sure you would know that. Arnie is calling on the Government to allow us to have the same advantage.

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

The two CBs were sloppy because the sub off of Mooy and Rogic. Not sure why, but when it happened we seemed to lose what fluency in the midfield we had. We certainly did not control the midfield, but it was much worse when the subs were made.

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

Fair comment Sydneysider, how quickly posters on here have forgotten Arnie has created history with 11 out of 11 games won in WC qualifiers. Has Japan achieved this?

Yet we lose one game against the team who is rated the best in Asian football playing at home and for their world cup survival on the line. Japan only got the result in the last five minutes remaining in the game. You could also say, under the circumstances, Japan were really lucky.

Six more games to go and we are very well placed in the group.

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

Japan showed their true quality last night and at home are best team in the group. But that is not to say we played that poorly or had such a bad performance by Australian standards.

I thought we knocked the ball around quite well on occasions and had some real chances with the attackers we have.

Unfortunately, we lost concentration at vital moments in the midfield and at the back, which allowed Japan to break through.

Yes Behich had a miserable time of it last night, but he still is a very good performer usually. This game has taught us some valuable lessons and I think we learnt that you have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes and not have lapses of concentration that we saw in our team.

Concentration is paramount against such a quality opposition. This has to be worked on and improved. We can do this, from here on end.

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

If Arnie makes it 12 out of 12 tonight, the FA will make the call for him to be our next Prime Minister. Results are what counts

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

Well if someone delivers the perfect ball to his head he just yet may surprise you. I’m hoping Mooy might just do that tonight.

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

“#ArnieOut exists lol” 11 out of 11 games in the WC qualifiers, yeah right! That looks like a sensible call?

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

Soutter, is 6’4″ and Sainsbury is handy in set pieces as well.

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

Arnie likes to sit deep against revered opposition and counter. Not my kind of game, but that’s what Arnie does. I can’t see him wanting to go toe to toe with Japan playing at home. Five at the back and up front one striker, or perhaps two wide wingers hugging the line and a false-centre-deep-lying forward.

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

I’m thinking Souttar could be man of the match. Strong defensively and garbing the winner in a set piece on the 80th minute. 😊

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

I think Arnold will send out the Socceroos to sit back and attack on the counter tonight.

A wounded Japan sitting out of contention for automatic qualification will desperately want to win this game—so expect a full frontal attack with a lot of pressure on our back four from the Samurai Blue.

We have to hold them in the midfield and sit tight at the back and counter at every opportunity if we are to win this game.

Ambil and Duke would be my two strikers in attack for this one. Same defence with Mooy to hold midfield together.

The Socceroos must be better against Japan

Japan may not see Australian clubs as rivals — but at international level surely they must. I think Japan have been very wary of Australia since 2006.

The Socceroos aren't Japan's biggest rival, but Arnie's men can change all that

Waz there is a certain bias against Australian Footballers — one certain goal which I deemed to be the best goal ever scored in a WC tournament was completely overlooked in Brazil. And it will go on forever in favour of a player who plays for a nation who has history.

Sam Kerr in line for football's greatest individual honour

Grem – “Van Der Saag, Niewenhoff, Buhagiar, Wood, King and Burgess get lots of minutes as they each have a great future.” I think we will see more of these players through the season. The older brigade will be there of course, but the coaching staff will take every opportunity to manage and rest them on occasions throughout the season. This will be a transition season for the club I think.

Steve Corica expects Sydney FC to bounce back

Stu – Or maybe it’s because Australia play a better brand of football.

HISTORY MAKERS! Socceroos charge on with record 11th straight World Cup win, as Japan falter again

Daniel, you chose the right league to resurrect your football career. Australian football awaits your special talents. I’ll be following every game you play in Australia. Good luck for the future.

I come to Glory as a humble man: Sturridge

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