Well, I watched Aus vs Kor till bout 60 minutes … the dodgy stream i was using was pitiful.
And the game itself was pretty painful to watch too. I really thought an A-league / Asian roos might come out and make a good showing. The league is improving. Teams are working on their playing out, their press, their spacing … there is a lot of good stuff happening in the a-league.
not sure i can really speak about the formations used. everything was so fuzzy. i would prefer to see Zadkovich not on the field, and Thwaite not at left FB, but tbh these feel like minor quibbles. As a group, the roos couldn’t deal with the Korean press. We know the Koreans shot at the keeper a lot, but it would be boorish to belittle their finishing when we don’t KNOW what the Aussie finishing even looks like.
I think that is the toughest game out of the way. I don’t expect Japan to press like that, it doesn’t fit the approach they have been using imho. China? Dunno, but a veteren team i hear. I think Japan and China will let us play in a way that the Koreans didn’t. Maybe …