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“It wasn’t great”: Postecoglou critical of Socceroos’ World Cup approach


Ange Postecoglou has questioned the Soccerooos’ tactical approach during last year’s winless World Cup campaign.

Under Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, Australia were the only nation to not score from open play, managing just one point from their three group games.

Van Marwijk had minimal time to prepare for the tournament in Russia having been appointed last January following Postecoglou’s decision to quit his post at the end of the qualifying campaign.

The former Socceroos boss would like to have seen the team “go down swinging” rather than deploying a more pragmatic mentality.

"I always fancied us, whoever we played, we’d have a crack," Postecoglou told The Herald Sun.

"I didn’t like the approach. People again didn’t like my opinion, because it flew in the face of a well-credentialed overseas coach.

"I never questioned the coach’s credentials – fantastic record. That doesn’t mean I agree with his approach. I never will.

"So then I’m watching it as a supporter, not as someone wishing I was there – I made the decision. I’m going, 'let’s have a crack'. What’s wrong with that? Let’s go down swinging 3-2 rather than losing 1-0 or drawing.

"From that point of view it wasn’t great and I didn’t expect it to be."

Postecoglou is currently into his second season with J-League side Yokohama F.Marinos.

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