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The problem Graham Arnold faces as coach of the Socceroos
- The opposition will not be anywhere near as strong as France, Denmark and Peru, but Australia can take nothing for granted and Arnold knows that he has little room to manouevre in his first major tournament in charge, as he will be benchmarked against Postecoglou, who led Australia to their first men's trophy in that final in Sydney in 2015.
- They received plenty of compliments for the way they went about things in Russia, but in the end the Socceroos lacked the quality to get the job done against one of the best sides in the world (France), a decent level European team (Denmark) and the sixth-best team (out of 10 in the continental qualifying group) in Latin America, Peru.
- When they enjoyed something like 80 per cent posession against a limited Thai team in their final group qualifying game in Melbourne they could only win 2-1.
- He is a class act when he is on song, although he never quite became the gamebreaker the team required, especially in the final loss to Peru.
- Here only Cahill remained, a 38-year-old whose lack of game time in the past year meant that when he did get his chance in the last 40-odd minutes of the defeat to Peru, he was relying on muscle memory.more