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June 3, 2010

Rewatching Aust vs Japan in 2006

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 11:56 pm

It was on cable TV, all of Japan`s games from 2006, so I figured I`d watch it.  Part of me was a bit worried to do so, as most complaints about this current Socceroo squad stem from the fact that they aren`t as good as the 2006 team.

Interesting to see how the teams lined up, the TV people said that Japan was lining up in a 3 – 5 – 2, while Australia did the same (the Aussies looked more like a 3 – 3 – 2 – 2 … Dukes and Harry as the strikers, Culina started as a left wingback, Grella was the single screening DM … Chippers was in the back 3.

One of the first things I noticed was about me, rather than the game itself … my guess is that since watching these games 4 years ago, I have watched a lot of hours of footy, I am not sure, but I think I am more able to follow what happens on the field.

Random thoughts about the game

It was pretty evenly matched – both teams had possession in the attacking third.  The Aussies were changing their defending from a low line to a high line at different times.  At times Dukes would do something that no-one else on the pitch had the touch to do, holding off a defender and placing a good back heel.  Close ball control … he was something.  Harry`s early career pace was gone even back in 2006 …

The Schwarz wasn`t exactly in the best position when he got knocked out of the way of that cross that dribbled into the goal.

When the changes came they were pretty hard to follow, more strikers, Emmo to defence, Culina to central mid …

But the way the team chased the game was so impressive.  Nothing panicky, just a measured amping up of the pressure until the first goal came …

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