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“We obtained off to the proper begin,” Kewell mentioned in an interview with SBS World Cup commentator David Basheer.
“I felt we have been aggressive in the proper areas and we have been kinda nicking the balls and placing France underneath strain. And that’s the one factor a again line, or any nation, or any participant doesn’t need – is strain.”
The strain labored, as did the teamwork between Mathew Leckie and Craig Goodwin who netted Australia’s first and solely purpose of the match.
“Then we sort of backed off our sport plan,” Kewell mentioned. “It simply felt that we dropped off. We dropped off, after which France actually simply took management of the sport.
“Whenever you get the likes of MBappe and Dembele simply producing the moments that they have been doing, it was very arduous for our again line, our midfielders to get management. And Griezmann for me was sort of controlling it. He was selecting up little pockets. And enjoying balls excessive, not on the ground on a regular basis, balls excessive which is harmful as properly,” Kewell mentioned.
“You’ll be able to see the category,” he added, describing France’s deserved win. “There’s a distinction between the nations.”
Whereas Kewell admitted he was upset within the closing outcome, his simply as fast to acknowledge key takeaways from the high-pressure sport with the 2018 World Cup champions, and the event this offers youthful gamers like Nathaniel Atkinson who has been criticised for expensive errors on the sector.
“The one factor that you simply need to do with a participant like that’s give him that have,” Kewell mentioned.
“Because of this we play soccer – to compete in opposition to the very best gamers on the planet. Sadly, we left him weak.”
Mbappe took on the fullbacks repeatedly, creating house and alternatives in addition to tucking away a superb header.
“The one factor you don’t need to do in opposition to Mbappe is go away him one v one,” Kewell mentioned. “Whenever you go away him one v one with house, I imply that’s a pleasure for a participant like Mbappe. As a result of he has tempo. And he’s in a position to get previous. We simply wanted to cowl him a bit extra.
“I felt for Atkinson at instances in the course of the sport. However once more, you’re on the World cup. You’re enjoying in opposition to the very best gamers and it’s a must to study by this.”
Because the Socceroos shake off their sport in opposition to France, consideration turns now to the Australians’ upcoming match in opposition to Tunisia on Saturday.
“With the Tunisia sport, we’ve obtained to be on the entrance foot. We’ve obtained to have the ability to seize the sport and take management of it,” mentioned Kewell.
“Now we have expertise on this squad. Now we have expertise. We’ve simply obtained to have the ability to put this expertise in areas the place we are able to truly damage our opposition.”
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