France too big, too strong and too fast: Arnold24 November 2022
Australia coach Graham Arnold admitted his side found France just too much to handle after the Socceroos lost 4-1 to the reigning champions in their opening game at the World Cup on Tuesday.
"At the end of the day the quality of the French team," Arnold said when asked to explain Australia's defeat in the Group D encounter at Al Janoub Stadium.
"They are the previous world champions for a reason. I thought we started the game very well but physically they were just so much bigger and faster and stronger than us today.
"Overall the boys did everything they could and that's all I can ask."