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  1. Look I get it that we haven't been great in pre season and that the end of last season was disappointing but I'm genuinely optimistic we will improve this season. Looking at WU specifically it wasn't that long ago that we had never lost to them. They got in a couple great A League level players, a Keeper a CB and a striker and they become the best in the League. The club and the football department are not idiots, although some on here would disagree but for me we have strengthened this year and therefore will be better. And playing off in the granny and winning the League last season we effectively don't need huge improvement to become the best again. Yes we've got issues, GK, Visa players injured (or worse not good) and a coach that seems one dimensional but if you dig into the other 11 teams IMO we are great space. Obviously the first game will be a good indication of where we are at.
    5 points
  2. To be fair I think you will struggle to find a pre-season where we have played fewer matches and achieved poorer results. A forward line that can't score, a porous defence and a suspect goalkeeper don't enthuse too many people.
    3 points
  3. Jeez wouldn't be pre-season on the forum without a deluge of doom and gloom, would it?
    3 points
  4. I've seen nothing to contradict my feelings about this season. We are going to be hammered, frequently, and we'll struggle to get anywhere near the finals.
    3 points
  5. This is lacking too much hysteria for mine, please delete.
    2 points
  6. Or aren’t following the club closely and haven’t watch us play by the end of last season and this pre-season? Every season with PK will be one small step back. Only the new recruits can save this team. The forward big three just don’t seem to understand each other at all , after all this time together - so they need to start clicking too. JMAC and Nabbout had the poorest field play season since joining for their high standards (and continued that in pre-season). Other clubs might still be shitter than us and we might still win something but we certainly haven’t build the dominant force we hoped to be, I hoped to be. Nothing toxic, nothing pessimistic just the expectations that come with a top club.
    2 points
  7. I still don’t understand what was wrong with W-League.
    2 points
  8. I guess consistency and traditions are highly valued by our club.
    2 points
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2022/sep/28/next-generation-2022-60-of-the-best-young-talents-in-world-football
    1 point
  10. Thanks. Suspicions confirmed.
    1 point
  11. i think thats why we have brought in 2 new midfielders, one thing i noticed we missed last season was Luna's ball playing ability, he would hit these really good forward thinking balls wheras we didnt really have someone like that in our team last season like that.
    1 point
  12. Yes I understand the expectation of us being a 'big club' and having successful seasons. There are a few people on here that act like the sky is falling in. You know glass half empty types...
    1 point
  13. Interesting comment from Arzani, that being sent out on loan does not mean that the club will assist in development: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/they-don-t-really-care-fallen-socceroos-star-s-words-of-warning-for-epl-bound-teen-20220924-p5bknx.html Of course we were always wondering whether he had the engine for 90 minutes and he does admit to making poor decisions which also come into play.
    1 point
  14. Interesting. Probably because they aren't part of this pessimistic toxic forum...
    1 point
  15. Invisible in the first half besides that miss, 2nd half better
    1 point
  16. If it was Jmac everyone would be making excuses for him. Bad miss yes, but he was very lively overall and IMO should have won a penalty. Deserves to go to the Finals.
    1 point
  17. yes he played in the friendly against mariners, he also did his press conference in melbourne
    1 point
  18. He's starting in half an hour, on the starting teamsheet.
    1 point
  19. I did a fantasy team and didn't put any city players in....only one I was tempted with is Berisha due to his history/quality but he hadn't been loaded in yet
    1 point
  20. I can do it all from an underground box in a Vienna cemetery
    1 point
  21. All signs are pointing to him being a Germano or at best warming the bench like Puciarelli...Midfield is probably going to be Berisha and Berengeur for a while at this rate...
    1 point
  22. Arnie specialises in "backs to the wall lads, we are the underdogs. dig deep". It was a successful mentality at CCM, ludicrous when he tried it at Sydney FC, but just not the right mentality for the Socceroos. Ange had a clearly articulated style that he tried to implement, Arnold's style of play...what?
    1 point
  23. Probably too late to change tack now? IMO after the WC Finals we need to press the reset button and change the mindset of what we're about with the national team. Need a lot more football too, both nationally and internationally.
    1 point
  24. I think the way he plays is very telling, as well as the players he leaves out - the Australian team isn't the best it's ever been, but there are plenty of more exciting players that could be chosen nearly across the park. The left side is better because Azizi bombs on at every occasion, given we play a double-ish pivot of Mooy and Irvine it seems wild to me that we don't try to do the same on the right with Atkinson.
    1 point
  25. He has the Socceroos playing like the CCM did when he coached them
    0 points
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