listen to josip skoko review australia's draw with Colombia
Former Socceroo Josip Skoko says Australia’s draw with Colombia this morning was a “great dress rehearsal” ahead of the World Cup.
Skoko believes while it is difficult to read into the mindset of the team, there were many positive signs in the performance.
“[Australia] attacked the ball when the opposition entered into [their] half and it made it difficult for the opposition who was of a very high quality,” Skoko told Carlos Alberto Diego and Jonathan Howcroft on
FNR_Football Nation Radio.
According to Skoko one of the biggest positives was Australia’s ability to find and utilise space, something he says will be pivotal in the World Cup.
“Teams [in the World Cup] will be a lot more open against us,
“When we go forward we will have a lot more space which is something we have to utilise,” Skoko said.
While Skoko was impressed by Australia’s ability to remain “compact” for long periods, he says the team’s forward execution is an area of improvement.
“We had a couple of great balls come in the box and didn’t attack the ball,
“We need to be sure when we get the chances we’re really there to capitalise,” Skoko said.
The biggest talking point though came late in the match after Danny Vukovic saved Miguel Borja’s 86th minute penalty.
The Journos airs daily from 8am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego and Jonathan Howcroft on FNR_Football Nation Radio.