Oleros coach Graham Arnold said his team’s qualifying tournaments would not be of much significance as players bid for the Olympic Games in Tokyo
Olerus coach Graham Arnold said it was a fresh start in the battle of choosing the Olympic Games Image: Paul Kane / Getty Images Source: Getty Images
Past work won’t count as national coach Graham Arnold goes to great lengths to lead Oleros to a medal at the Tokyo Olympics next year
After months of inactivity due to COVID-19, Olerus’ road to Tokyo resumes Thursday night with a match against Australian League champions Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium
It’s part of a camp that also includes a match against newcomers in the A-League Macarthur FC at the same venue on Tuesday
The 26-man squad that Arnold has assembled is made almost entirely of A-League players, with the exception of goalkeeper Nicholas Soras, who plays for Sydney Olympic Club in New South Wales
Arnold said 10 other players stationed outside were also on the Olympic radar as well as Perth Glory striker Nick D’Agostino and Brisbane Roar striker Dylan Wenzel Halls, who were not in the camp due to fitness and border restrictions respectively
And while D’Agostino was champion in the Australian U-23 Qualifiers campaign in Thailand in January, Arnold said that the recent inactivity and postponement of the Olympics until July next year means it is now a « new start » everyone competes for spots in a team games component From 18 players can also have three players over the age
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« I really think we’ll be more prepared for the Olympics postponed than we would have been had the Olympics continued (this year) », Arnold said.
“It looks like we have more depth now, we have more players coming, and it is clear that we have players outside who couldn’t be here at the moment. In general you have a good balance between players.
“Thailand event 11 months ago, and Thailand was a completely different group of players – it’s a new start for everyone.
“It’s not like I’m going to pay players and say ‘Thanks for what I did in Thailand or what I did earlier on the piece’
« It is now a new start. There has been a break for nine months. The players need to work hard in their clubs, and they have to play in their clubs, and they have to perform and perform well. » We are only allowed to pick 18 olympics and three of them maybe can be above age
“You must get the clubs’ blessing to release players who are over the legal age. It is not a mandatory rule in place that the clubs have to release them, so I prefer to take 18 players under 23 and go to the Olympics And to be the first soccer team in Australian history to win an Olympic medal, ”he said
“They are our players, we need to come together, then it is about getting the whole team together and moving forward”
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