As the Socceroos prepare to face a talented French side on Saturday in a must watch match for any Australian, Australia coach Bert van Marwijk says the key to victory over France is to be ‘very well-organised.’
The national team face one of the favourites in their opening match on the world’s biggest sporting stage, ranked almost 30 spots higher than themselves and a team that includes Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba considered among the best in the world.
But it’s reported that it is the French that are concerned by Australia’s talented teenager Daniel Arzani, their poor record in World Cup opening matches and Tim Cahill who himself has a miraculous World Cup record.
Van Marwijk didn’t give much away in his pre-match press conference but was coy on his side’s chances against Les Bleus.
“One of the key things is that we must be very well-organised,” said van Marwijk.
“Not only for five, or ten, or twenty, or thirty, no, for ninety minutes and extra time.
“So you must be very fit, physical, and also (fit) in your head.
“Normally, when we play France we lose eight, nine times. We have worked hard to get a situation (where) maybe we lose five or six times, but we also can win a few times and draw a few times as well.
“When you’re well-organised and believe in something, and everybody knows exactly from each other what to do and you have the guts to play, and to be yourself, then we have a chance.”
Van Marwijk was appointed coach in January, two months after the resignation of Ange Postecoglou who had steered the team to Russia.
The Australia coach is adamant the team have improved under his watch and hopes he has done enough to pull his men through in this opening fixture which on paper, is a massive mismatch.