My Per­fect XI

The for­mer Bris­bane Roar skip­per who was Ange Postecoglou’s go-to guy dur­ing their his­toric suc­cess has a few sur­prises here

Australian Four Four Two - - CONTENTS - Matt Smith


His im­pact and pres­ence on the pitch was a mas­sive ad­van­tage for Mel­bourne Vic­tory. His play­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties were ex­cel­lent, from de­ci­sion mak­ing, de­fen­sive ef­fort and ballplay in start­ing at­tacks or con­trol­ling the tempo. He was also ag­gres­sive and even scored goals. Millsy was an all-rounder cen­tralmid­fielder who could also play as a de­fender.


In his time with Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers, his foot­ball brain, in­tel­li­gence and abil­ity to be able see and cre­ate was amaz­ing. He was tech­ni­cally un­be­liev­able and his range of pass­ing was su­perb.


As a cen­tral de­fender, when you’re faced with a player who has speed, in­tel­li­gence to run be­hind the line and off the shoul­der, he was dif­fi­cult to mark. At Bris­bane, we al­ways tried to play a high line, but Archie made my job very hard. Ad­di­tion­ally his scor­ing ra­tio to chance was high and al­ways a threat in the game.

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