Thursday, 13 January 2011

Australia v Korea Republic: Heart over head.....Aussies to win.

Really looking forward to this mouth-watering clash as are the Koreans if you go by the numbers of Koreans posting on Aussie blogs!

Young fast and mobile with players, that's Korea, playing in big leagues in Europe against an Aussie team ageing and in decline.

Korea thumped Australia 3-1 earlier this year in Seoul and it could be a similar night tomorrow. This game was marked by the mobility of a pacy Korean side.

Korea will not be over-awed by Australia - not anymore, if they ever were.

Australia's inability to keep the ball under Holger Osiek will not be helped with Mile Jedinak in a key midfield role as expected. Physical he can do, ball retention - not so good.

And Australia will need Brett Holman and Emerton to be at their mobile best - hoping Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell can hold the ball and score.

Don't be surprised to see Cahill dropping deep early on with Kewell upfront on his own. Surely Osiek will try to limit our weaknesses.

Are we so good, so sure of our back six that we can push two high. I'd be surprised.

The Aussie team is not settled, hasn't performed well since the World Cup, bar a few high balls into boxes against Paraquay, India and co, and while we should be good enough to beat most Asian teams - my head says Korea should win convincingly again, just as they did earlier in the year.

An Australian defence pourous and slow will be at sixes and sevens, unless we pack the midfield, a la Pim.

But of course Australia has the quality to win, the Cahill like passion and skill can work magic at times.

How Australia and Holger, responds to the Korea challenge will be fascinating.

Can't wait, let's hope we keep 11 on the park, that's the pitch not the player.

When I came to Australia it wasn't Australia's participation at World Cups I missed it was the ongoing football journey of competitive internationals and tournaments.

India was awesome, Korea is the real deal.

How great it will be to play Korea competitively once again, as I'm sure we will be in many Asia Cup and World Cup Qualifiers in years to come. Joy!

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