- Bert van Marwijk arrives in Australia after being appointed Socceroos trainer
- Familiar with Socceroos after main Saudi Arabia in Russia 2018 qualifying
- Van Marwijk says focal point is ‘surviving the primary spherical’
New Australia trainer Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos are excellent sufficient to development into the knockout level of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Speaking in Sydney on Thursday following his appointment as Australia trainer remaining week, Van Marwijk made it transparent he will put in force his personal taste at the workforce.
The 65-year-old, who will be the 3rd Dutchman to train Australia at a World Cup, is conversant in his new facet having coached Saudi Arabia towards the Socceroos two times all the way through Russia 2018 qualifiers.
A Van Marwijk-led Netherlands facet suffered a 2-1 house defeat towards Australia in 2008, two years previous to the trainer famously main his country to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.
“They can play football, they try to play football, they are strong,” Van Marwick mentioned of his new workforce. “Maybe we do not have the most productive gamers however we will be able to be the most productive workforce.
“I know a lot of the players, we played against you two times in the past year and we [did] a lot of analysis of the players, but I have to learn them better.”
When requested about his enjoying taste in comparison to former nationwide workforce trainer Ange Postecoglou, Van Marwijk mentioned: “I have admire for the previous trainer, [but] I do it my way.”
The Asian champions will open their Russia 2018 marketing campaign towards workforce heavyweights France, earlier than additional outings towards Denmark and Peru.
“If I didn’t have confidence in that [qualifying for the last 16] then I would not be here, but I will say it will not be easy,” Van Marwijk added.
“I cross to the World Cup with the one something that counts and that’s to live to tell the tale the primary spherical. No-one has to inform me that it is tricky as a result of our warring parties are excellent international locations.”
Van Marwijk’s five-month tenure will start in earnest in March with world suits towards Norway and Colombia.
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