Australia vs Tunisia preview, begin time interview, Mohamed Drager interview
“I do not forget that purpose from Tim Cahill … That is my final reminiscence (of Australian groups),” defender Mohamed Drager informed foxsports.com.au, referring to Cahill’s traditional 2014 World Cup volley towards the Netherlands.
“It’s good for us that he’s not enjoying anymore. (laughs).
“… Look I haven’t seen a number of them to be trustworthy … however I do know the historical past of Australia is as an enormous group, particularly in World Cups, they’re powerful to play. So I count on a tough recreation to be trustworthy.”
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There might be no hazard of complacency from Tunisia, says Drager. And that may absolutely even be the case from Graham Arnold’s males after the North African facet held world No.10 Denmark to a scoreless draw of their opening match.
”It was good (end result). I feel it modified the expectations of the opposite groups that may face us. Perhaps it was an enormous ‘hiya’ to them and yeah, we’re proud,” stated Drager, who performs for Swiss facet Luzern, on mortgage from Premier League membership Nottingham Forest.
“We don’t need to make it too massive as it’s as a result of it’s nil-nil. It’s not an enormous win. However yeah, clearly then Denmark’s top-of-the-line groups in Europe, particularly the final two years. So yeah, the expectations will get a bit greater now.”
Drager didn’t watch the Socceroos fall 4-1 to France of their opener (”I used to be drained”) however he’s refusing to learn an excessive amount of into the end result, particularly realizing how determined Arnold’s facet might be in a gathering of the 2 lowest-ranked groups within the group.
“What’s the saying, backs to the wall proper?,” he stated.
“They don’t have lots to lose if you recognize what I imply. So it will likely be powerful for us, and like a closing as nicely, as a result of we didn’t need Denmark. We acquired only a level, so we have to get to 4 factors as a result of the French group might be powerful.
“To be trustworthy, I’ve a number of respect for this recreation towards Australia as a result of I feel we didn’t converse an excessive amount of about Australia. All the main target was extra on Denmark and the French group.
“So I hope we don’t make the error as nicely to underestimating the Australians.”
One factor is assured – Saturday’s match will really feel like a hostile away match for the Socceroos, with Tunisia among the many most supported groups in Qatar.
There are an estimated 40,000 Tunisian nationals dwelling in Doha, and it appeared most of them had a ticket to their opening match performed amid and unimaginable, loud environment.
“It was like a house recreation for us,” Drager stated.
“How many individuals had been within the stadium, say 42,000? I feel it was 40,000 (Tunisians).
“It was nice. It was good. Every thing went peacefully and I hope to expertise this in once more within the subsequent two video games as nicely.
“Perhaps even within the subsequent three or 4 video games.”