Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Aussies speak to Soccerphile

Tonight Australia and Tunisia go head to head in the wooden spoon decider of Group A, with neither side wanting to go home '0 and 3' as they say in the USA.
After the Argentina match Soccerphile asked the Australian captain and Everton ace Tim Cahill what he hoped to achieve in tonight's game:

"A win defintely", he replied. "We are not here to embarass ourselves as we have to win and take every game seriously", he told journalists. "Tunisia is a very strong side but we are not going to throw the competition away because we have great pride in our country and we have got to try to get some points on the board.

Middlesboro & Australia keeper Mark Schwarzer then spoke to Soccerphile and rued his team's two faces to reporters, one a scoring machine and the other a Gruyere cheese of a defence.
"We have shown we can mix it with the best teams in the world but we have weaknesses at the back. That is something we need to work on and improve".

Lastly Scott Chipperfield, the flying Aussie winger who plays in Switzerland for FC Basel who are into the preliminary rounds of the Champions League, told Soccerphile,
"It is important we get a win against Tunisia after two losses. We have played well and scored a lot of goals but just conceded too many soft ones. You cannot concede soft goals at this level. It is fine talking about it but we have to go out and do it on the pitch."

The general consensus is that Australia have impressed a lot and surpassed expectations in scoring three goals against Germany and two against Argentina, despite their porous rear-guard so manager Frank Farina will be very disappointed if they leave the field in Leipzig with nothing to show for his side's endeavours. For Roger Lemerre's Tunisia too it is about gaining respect after two straight defeats and confidence ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Soccerphile will be at the game in what was the former East Germany tonight, kick-off 20:45 local time

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