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The Australian coach is not afraid of speculation about his future before facing Saudi Arabia

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Australia coach Graham Arnold said on Monday he is not afraid of media speculation about his future after last week’s 0-2 loss to Japan ended Australia’s hopes of qualifying directly for the World Cup. 2022 football in Qatar.
With two goals from substitute Kaoru Mituma in the closing minutes of the match, Japan beat hosts Australia 2-0 in rainy weather at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium last Thursday to ensure Japan qualified for the World Cup final. for the seventh time in a row.

Japan’s victory, the first against Australia in the latter since 1998, ensured that Saudi Arabia will also appear in the final to be held in Qatar later this year.

Australia sits third among the Group B teams and will play the Asian play-off with the third-placed team from Asian Group A, after which the winner will face the fifth-placed team from South America, with the winner of the matchup earning a place in the final.

Australia is looking to appear in the final for the fifth consecutive time.

Arnold said that he used to face criticism.

“I don’t care about this shock and I focus on the players and try to help them achieve their dreams,” he told reporters before facing Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at the King Abdullah Sports City. my.

“I know it’s your job, but I don’t read what you write. My wife has been hurt by (speculation), but it’s part of my job. That’s how you work sometimes.”

“I did my best and did everything I could to help these players. I’m focused on tomorrow’s game. I had a tough week.”

“The situation of the team today is not very different from what it was before the final of Russia 2018, when they also qualified through the play-offs,” said Arnold.

“I was hoping to qualify straight away, but now it’s all about concentrating on Tuesday’s game. I want the players to respond on the pitch,” he added.

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