Excited Australia coach Graham Arnold has urged Argentina to deliver Lionel Messi to the Olympics and described their robust pool as Tokyo’s “dream group”.
With two-time champions Argentina, 1992 winners Spain and Egypt, the ‘Oleros’ face a tricky battle to succeed in the knockout spherical of the sixteenth workforce match, their first recreation since Beijing in 2008 .
Arnold advised reporters on Thursday, “Let’s not write extra of the ‘group of demise’. It’s a bunch of goals.”
“In some of these tournaments you dream about world soccer.
“Gamers, that is what they need.
He mentioned, “I couldn’t be happier with the draw. This can be a nice alternative for the younger gamers to get themselves on the rostrum and actually present up.
“I hope Argentina brings in Lionel Messi as nicely.”
The boys’s match in Japan is for under-24 gamers, however international locations are allowed to deliver gamers older than three.
Arnold, who can also be the coach of Australia’s senior workforce, mentioned all his squads need Olympic jerseys, however won’t deliver footballers of any age as it’s going to deny younger expertise an opportunity on the world stage.
“If now we have an excellent participant in a sure place of age Olerio, then that Olero-age participant will go and there will probably be no older participant for that place,” he mentioned.
“The youngsters are getting loads of game-time within the A-League, affecting gamers abroad, so now we have to offer these youngsters an opportunity first.
“I’m not going to choose a workforce for gamers aged over three.”
Australia’s greatest lead to Olympic soccer was the fourth at Barcelona in 1992, the primary recreation devoted to under-23 sides.
Arnold mentioned his workforce was decided to win Australia’s first soccer medal and a tough draw did nothing to vary their ambitions.
“In any other case why are we leaving? I’ve instilled that mentality in these boys since I took over Oleros in 2018,” he mentioned.
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