22, June 2017
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has laughed off Cameroon’s idea of Australian football as the two nations prepare for their first meeting on a football pitch. The African and Asian champions meet in the Confederations Cup in St Petersburg on Friday (1:00am AEST).
Both suffered first-up losses in the tournament. Another defeat will send that team home. With no first-hand history and such high stakes, it is only natural that both sides would engage in opposition research for the match.
But Postecoglou feels Cameroon coach Hugo Broos’s scouting report has Australia all wrong. In his press conference on Wednesday, Broos raised a few eyebrows with his description of the Socceroos’ mode of play. “Australia likes to play very direct with not many combinations and they try to be ASAP at goal,” Broos said.
That line is at odds with any assessment of recent Socceroos matches — and the opinion of Germany coach Joachim Loew. Loew praised Australia’s development after their tournament opener, won 3-2 by the Germans.
“I think they have developed very well in the last three or four years,” Loew said. “They do more combinations, not playing the long ball … it’s a team that is courageous and sometimes cheeky enough to challenge the opponents and attack very boldly.”
Postecoglou’s response to Broos suggested he knew which side of the debate he fell on. “I don’t know what [Broos is] watching but from our perspective we certainly know how we want to play our football,” he said. “The World Cup-winning coach saw it differently. You’ve got two contrasting opinions, you can choose to believe him or not.”