Olyroos coach Graham Arnold has challenged Australia’s younger footballers to indicate the world’s greatest how good they’re at this yr’s Olympics.
Australia had been handed a tricky draw for his or her first Olympic males’s soccer event since 2008 on Wednesday, pitted in opposition to two-time gold medallists Argentina, European powerhouse Spain and African giants Egypt.
Arnold says the draw is a “group of goals” and the prospect of going through international superstars equivalent to Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Mo Salah must be considered by his gamers as a probably life-changing second.
“That is what you dream about in world soccer, and these sort of tournaments,” Arnold mentioned.
“The gamers, that is what they need. That is what they count on to play at these main tournaments.
“I could not be happier with the draw, it is an excellent alternative for the youthful gamers to actually put themselves on the stage and actually present what they have.”
In January Arnold predicted his workforce would grow to be Australia’s first Olympic soccer medallists and it is a perception that hasn’t modified regardless of the imposing draw.
He says the gamers at his disposal have improved since Australia certified for the Video games on the Asian under-23 championships in January 2020 whereas expertise equivalent to Central Coast phenomenon Alou Kuol have emerged over the previous few months within the A-League.
“I’ve pushed that mentality into these boys since I took over the Olyroos in 2018 … we did not speak about simply qualifying for the Olympics, we talked about being the primary males’s soccer workforce in Australian historical past of getting a medal,” he mentioned.
“Our ambitions have not modified. These gamers … as people, it could change your complete life.
“That is an excellent factor for these gamers to have the ability to go and play on this event and our expectations haven’t modified one bit. If something, they have greater.”
Arnold says he expects to pick a handful of Olyroos in an prolonged Socceroos squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in June.
Different Olympic hopefuls will likely be a part of an Australian under-23 squad at a pleasant event in Toulon, France concurrently the Socceroos matches.
Arnold will choose his 18-player squad for the video games on June 28 with the opening match of the Video games in Sapporo in opposition to Argentina on July 22.