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A report suggests there will be two Socceroos coaches at this year's World Cup!09 February 2018 | FT Editor
Chelsea Football Club is to visit Perth to play Perth Glory in the newly-minted Optus Stadium in July, one week after the World Cup Final. Chelsea officials say many of their stars will be included in the squad, but the reality is that it will depend on how far some of those stars progress through the World Cup also.
Mark Schwarzer says Chelsea can turn things around from their current standings where, having won the EPL last season, they are now fourth and, crucially, 19 points behind runaway leaders, Manchester City with coach Antonio Conte under pressure. The very English-sounding Schwarzer speaks to the Seven Network here.
Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Michael Zullo says the hype around City's Daniel Arzani is noticeable but Sydney FC will be focussed on their game and keeping the momentum going in both the A-League and the Asian Champions League.
Zullo told Emma Kemp that he hopes he did enough in the match against Wellington Phoenix to pique Bert van Marwijk's interest for the World Cup squad, but admits it would be difficult to gauge because of the gap in quality between Sydney FC and Phoenix.
Bruno Fornaroli came through a practice game unscathed but will not be a starter in the match tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, Melbourne City are tight-lipped, but a Swedish media outlet is reporting that 27-year-old striker, Omar Eddahri (pictured), is undertaking a medical before being announced as an addition to City's forward line on a short-term deal.
Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
Kevin Muscat admits Melbourne Victory should be doing better, but he's not one to single out individuals for criticism publicly. He says the entire group needs to lift.
To secure a home final, a team must finish in the top four and for Melbourne Victory to achieve that, James Troisi needs to step-up, writes Michael Lynch.
Muscat also says he doesn't think about finals, or beyond the next game, but a win tonight will effectively seal a finals spot.
Both Muscat and his Brisbane Roar counterpart are under scrutiny this season, particularly John Aloisi, but there is no sympathy from one towards the other when it comes to what goes on out on the pitch.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix
Winning is everything, says Raul Llorente, who says the teams needs to string together two consecutive wins to be in contention for a finals spot.
Lisa De Vanna credits Sydney FC coach, Ante Juric, in helping her to be back near her best, because he has 'embraced' her unpredictable style. Sydney FC meet Newcastle Jets in the W-League semi-final on Saturday.
Premiers Brisbane Roar are good, but not as good as Melbourne City at its best, says captain Jess Fishlock ahead of the second W-League semi-final clash on Sunday.
She's won everything else, so here's another to add to the trophy cabinet. Sam Kerr is now also the West Australian Sports Star of the Year. Congratulations Sam!
The other Socceroos coach
The soon-to-be-unveiled long-term Socceroos coach, Graham Arnold, gets an all-expenses paid trip to Russia for the World Cup, and will be given VIP access to the team, as he "observes" support staff.
The report from Tom Smithies and Carly Adno also suggests the trip will help Arnie prepare for base camps and training in preparation for the defence of the Asian Cup defence to be played in the UAE in January 2019.
It's about a 6-hour direct flight from Moscow to Abu Dhabi, so it is unclear why Arnie would be thinking of base camps for a tournament in the UAE from Russia, especially when the UAE has excellent facilities. Here's an idea! Perhaps FFA could swallow their pride and ask the Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group for recommendations? It would save Arnie poring over Google Maps while trying to watch the football! #pigsmightfly
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