A daring prediction of victory made by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold on Australian TV has made headlines in Argentina forward of Sunday’s World Cup showdown in Qatar.
In a principally light-hearted interview on Channel 10’s The Challenge on Thursday evening, Arnold was requested by host Peter Helliar to “persuade us” Australia will beat the South American powerhouse led by legend Lionel Messi.
“That we’re going to win? After all,” Arnold replied.
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“I coached the Olympic workforce, Tokyo solely final yr and we beat Argentina 2-0 . It’s yellow shirts in opposition to blue and white striped shirts and it’s 11 v 11.”
The imaginative and prescient was picked up and broadcast on ESPN in Argentina, together with a number of the nation’s main newspapers.
Argentine tabloid Perfil ran an article headlined “Spicy message from the Australian coach earlier than the match in opposition to Argentina’.
“Already with the view to the duel in opposition to Albiceleste, Graham Arnold, coach of the Oceania workforce, was too assured,” the story learn.
Newspaper Ole ran the story with the headline “Australian coach: After all we’re going to beat Argentina”.
Arnold was additionally requested within the interview which workforce he needed to play if the Socceroos went all the best way to the ultimate, replying: “Brazil”.
“We need to play the most effective … we’re right here, finest 32 to groups on the earth and we’re now all the way down to the final 16. We need to play in opposition to the most effective and check ourselves to the max and we need to present the world what our tradition and our manner is.”
Whereas Arnold was in a jestful temper in the course of the interview his perception in his Australian workforce is critical, consistently reminding his workforce and the nation that that the job will not be achieved regardless of being on the second Socceroos workforce to achieve the knockouts.
“I don’t suppose anybody anticipated us to even win a sport after which to win two in a single World Cup, it’s superb,” Arnold mentioned.
“However as I mentioned to the boys this morning, you don’t get these alternatives typically in life. So what are you going to do about it? Are you simply going to let it experience or are you going to do one thing extra and particular?
“That is if you go house, you’ve got time to consider issues and keep in mind these issues however now, that is actual. And let’s give it our greatest shot.”
Initially revealed as Graham Arnold’s ‘spicy’ quip creates headlines in Argentina