Australia has faced defeat eight times in their 11 matches with European teams. Furthermore, Australia has never moved ahead of group stages since 2010, which is a matter of concern. However, in the current FIFA event, they seem to be in good form and might give Denmark a tough fight. Defeating Denmark will direct them to secure a berth in the top 16.
It will be tough for Australians to beat Denmark, which ranks 10th in the FIFA rankings for 2022. Australian- born coach Graham Arnold is focusing on the strategies for their troops to lead the Socceroos to the knockout rounds, etching history at the World Cup tournament.
After a major defeat against France, Arnold is called for the team’s rescue. Aussies are looking for a change in his team, but as per the statement of Robbie Slater, he did not find any scope for change. Probably Arnie believes the first eleven are the best who have just played in recent games, and there is no need to change anything. However, Slater feels it must be in the midfield in case of any change. It is yet to decide whether to go with Ajdin Hrustic or Riley Patrick McGree as a midfielder.
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The Socceroos boss pointed out the major drawback: a celebration after beating Argentina. Although it was a massive and unexpected win for Australia, social media took a toll on the players as they got on reading the comments of the fans and media persons till four or five in the morning. According to Arnold, it affects the sleep pattern of the players, and he asked players to avoid it from now onwards, to which Slater also agreed. Over-excitement about that win has led Australia to face losses in all further matches.
While facing France on the field, the Aussies have learned how to deal with the best players across the world, but in the case of Denmark, they have a unique style of play that is difficult to control. Moreover, according to Slater, a Manchester United midfielder, Christian Eriksen is a magician. So the best thing the players can do is stay compact and advise them to move together because if they stretch out, Denmark will sit on the top and thrash them as France did.