By Vinnie Venezuela 


So the current Socceroos are not the greatest team we have ever produced and we don’t seem to have the quality at our disposal that we once had: Kewell gone. Viduka gone. Grella gone. Schwarzer gone. We haven’t even strung any wins together since the World Cup.


Add to that, it’s only Super Tim who is scoring for us and coach Ange Postecoglou keeps blooding players and there’s no continuity in the squad. There is certainly not enough experience. We can’t even beat teams in our region who we will be hosting the Asian Cup. OMG.


Gosh, we are in deep, deep trouble and the national team is a ‘write off’.


Pffft, don’t believe it and even if you wanted to, don’t!


What you need to believe in is the quality of the football and the possibility that sometimes you need to take a step back before you can move forward.


There is no doubt that Ange is a man that has the weight of the Socceroo loving nation on his shoulders. He knows it. He is also a coach who has re-shaped each of the last domestic teams he has coached. We know that.


So we need to give it all time and be patient. We need to look for signs that signal forward movement.


We didn’t win a game at the last World Cup, but we saw a team that was pretty much assembled on the fly show ‘something’. Watch the games against Chile and the Netherlands again, if you don’t believe it.


You have to trust in the project and give Ange the respect to see it through. It’s clear the Socceroo squad do. Keep looking for the moments you love to see: fast breaks, snappy passing, organised defending and clear communication. Add the pride that needs to accompany the strip and we will stay open for business.


Ange will do what needs to be done and so will our boys.


Give it time.


Vinnie Venezuela

Four Diegos

This article first appeared on the excellent and must have A-League Live app by Sportsmate.


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