9/19/2018 4:55:36 PM (GMT+3)

Socceroos to adopt 'new style' before AFC Asian Cup

Socceroos to adopt

SYDNEY, Australia: Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said that he’s looking forward to the chance of building a new style before next January's Asian Cup in the UAE. 

The Aussies will play Kuwait in an international friently against Kuwait in Kuwait City as a part of their buildup to the AFC Asian Cup, and the match will be Arnold’s first assignment.

“During our recent training camp in Turkey we worked hard to add attacking layers to the strong defensive base the Socceroos had at this year’s World Cup,” said Arnold.

Arnold’s men will meet Romeo Jozak’s side on October 15 after completing a short training camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The fresh faces did exceptionally well. They added a lot of energy to the training sessions and plenty of enthusiasm. Next month’s camp in the UAE, which will conclude with our friendly against Kuwait, will provide us with the chance to develop our play further and put our new style into a game situation,” he added.

Australia and Kuwait have played 11 matches at senior men’s international level in the past, with the first meeting between the two nations was in Sydney in 1977, and the most recent being played in Melbourne during the opening match of the 2015 Asian Cup, where Australia won 4-1.

“The players understand what we need to achieve and it was valuable to have the time with them in Turkey, without the pressure of a game, so I am confident that we will take further strides forward during the October window,” Arnold said.

The Socceroos will return to Australia in November and will play South Korea in Brisbane before meeting Lebanon on November 20 at Sydney Olympic Park. (Photos: www.socceroos.com.au)