Socceroos manager Graham Arnold slams Denmark with amazing claim about ‘the grade’

Socceroos manager Graham Arnold has dealt a not-so-veiled blow to Denmark, the team that famously beat Australia to qualify for the Round of 16.

Arnold, now written in Australian folklore, got his hands on a note from the Danish team, thrown on the ground during the gripping encounter, with instructions on how to change the formation to have two forwards.

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New footage has emerged of the moment Australia striker Mitch Duke picked up the discarded note from the pitch and handed it to Arnold, but the Socceroos boss has now made a startling claim.

When Arnold got his hands on the note, he immediately called on Bailey Wright, who came to give Australia a fifth defender and put them in a 5-4-1 formation, to warm up.

Denmark’s secret tactical note was leaked onto the pitch and seemingly ended up in the hands of the Socceroos. Recognition: SBS

But Arnold has revealed he didn’t even look at the note while joking about saying a lot about the Danes’ preparation.

“He gave it to me and I didn’t even look at it. I returned it. I was just concentrating on the substitution,” said Arnold.

“I knew when Bailey Wright came on that we had to go to a back five. I always have a plan A, B, C and D for every opportunity, whether you’re 1-0 down or 1-0 ahead.”

“It showed me that way that they didn’t have a ready plan. It was a spontaneous thing – if they have to send notes to the players, it’s not planned in advance.”

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Now the Aussies face a sudden showdown against Argentina, but Arnold says there are three things in the Socceroos’ favor, including just two days to reflect on their round of 16 clash against Lionel Messi’s side.

“I think the short turnaround time is an advantage for us,” Arnold said.

“Because we don’t sit there for five days worrying about the opposition or Argentina.”

Australia coach Graham Arnold believes he is leading the greatest Socceroos team of them all. (AP PHOTO) Recognition: AP

Arnold knows exactly what to expect from Argentina in their knockout game on Saturday night (6am AEDT Sunday) in Qatar.

“They play two ways,” he said.

“Slowly, to try and relax.

“But if you relax, they hit you.

“We have to make sure we’re active all the time.”

Arnold also believes that Australia’s footballers have always risen to the challenge of playing Argentina.

“When you play against that kind of talent, that name resonates as a footballing nation around the world,” he said.

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“It’s inspiring for Australia to play against them.

“I think you’re going to see the best… of every player on the pitch for Australia because who we’re playing against.

“We’ve had a couple of games against Argentina now.

“We beat them 4-1 at the Gold Cup in Australia in 1988.

“And we only beat them 2-0 on the Olympic team last year.

“I just think Argentina get the best out of Australia and the performances against Argentina have been very strong and very good every time.”

Australia’s golden goal in a historic surprise win over Denmark

Australia’s golden goal in a historic surprise win over Denmark

Arnold was, perhaps intentionally, selective about his memory.

The 1988 win is the only time the Socceroos have beaten Argentina in seven tries – the others resulting in five losses and one draw.

But he played at the 1988 Triumph. And also in the two-legged 1993 World Cup qualifier, which the Australians lost 2-1 on aggregate.

“We didn’t expect to play Argentina in these World Cup qualifiers,” Arnold said.

“They were beaten 5-1 at home in Buenos Aires by Colombia… Maradona had resigned and he had put on a lot.

“The fans were shouting (Colombia) in the last five, ten minutes of the game and chanting that he’s coming back.”

Socceroos legend Craig Foster on the team’s World Cup win over Denmark

Socceroos legend Craig Foster on the team’s World Cup win over Denmark

Maradona took the call and returned for the cup qualifier against the Socceroos.

“He lost a lot of weight in six weeks,” Arnold said.

“I don’t think he had that much influence, in the first game he set up the goal for (Abel) Balbo in Sydney.

“You just couldn’t get near him to try and kick him, he was that smart.

“He’s such a great footballer and saying I played against him is one of my great memories.”

– with AAP

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