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Socceroos will play ´my way´, says Van Marwijk

Socceroos will play ´my way´, says Van Marwijk”

After arriving on Thursday and going through the formalities of a press conference and FFA social event, van Marwijk will begin his scouting and analysis mission with Sydney FC's home match against Wellington Phoenix on Friday night at Allianz Stadium.

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk brushed aside suggestions he will follow the legacy set by Ange Postecoglou, indicating he will do things "my way".

Van Marwijk guide the Socceroos through the World Cup in Russian Federation under significant time constraints, which just over four months until the world's biggest showpiece. "Most players I know, but to know them and to know them is a big difference".

The 65-year-old will have only the global window in March, when Australia play Norway and Colombia in Europe, and perhaps a farewell friendly in Australia.

Early criticism of van Marwijk has included his coaching style, which is viewed as pragmatic with a focus on results rather than attractive play.

Australia is drawn in Group C with France, Denmark and Peru.

Van Marwijk, who led Saudi Arabia to direct qualification from Australia's group as an opposition coach, saw physicality as the Socceroos' main strength. I like creative football, I like to have the ball, but I also like to win - that is the most important thing.

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"When you have a good team, the players know exactly what to do and they trust each other and they trust us".

Six A-League coaches can thank Bert van Marwijk for providing them with what should be their pre-match team talk this weekend.

Friendlies against Norway and Colombia in late March will offer the 65-year-old his first up close familiarisation with his selected crop of players. They are strong physically.

"I think it's important we play in a way that fits the players".

"If I didn't have confidence in [getting to the next round of the World Cup], I wouldn't be sitting here". "That makes the challenge for me even greater". "The challenge is to let them play in a way that gives them a chance to win games".

Do that and van Marwijk is optimistic the Socceroos are heading for the round of 16 in Russian Federation.

"I know it will not be easy but - and I already said with Holland also - maybe we don't have the best players but we can be the best team".



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