Melbourne Victory and Socceroos’ midfielder, James Troisi, says Bert van Marwijk’s coaching style is different to his predecessor Ange Postecoglou.
Troisi was a regular member of the Socceroos during the reign of Ange Postecoglou and was a key figure for Australia during two of his former mentor’s most memorable moments.
First there was the the winning goal in the 2015 Asian Cup final and then the 29-year-old won Man of the Match and scored against Chile in last year’s 1-1 draw at the Confederations Cup.
Van Marwijk first took charge of the Socceroos in the two-game friendly series against Norway and Colombia, and Troisi told FourFourTwo that in that time he noticed a marked change from the previous regime.
“He is very different to Ange,” said the 37-cap national team player.
“Most coaches are different. In terms of his background and some of the players he’s coached, and the countries and clubs he's been in charge of, he's obviously got a big name in football.”
Troisi was included in van Marwijk’s 26-player squad to head to Turkey for a pre-World Cup training camp that will be followed by an international friendly against the Czech Republic, in Austria on June 1.
The 29-year-old said that it will be a chance for the players to get to know the methods of the Dutch coach ahead of the 2018 Russia World Cup.
“Last time we were together we didn’t have long," he said.
“It was only 10 days or something, so we had to take it all in pretty quickly, but he’ll have a lot of time now to work with us.
“We’ll go there for a few weeks to really work on what he wants us to work on and how he wants us to approach things.
“It’s just trying to implement into the players, what we’ve got and our game style too.”
After playing in Brazil four years ago, Troisi was excited about the prospect of playing at a second World Cup and hopes he is included in the final 23-man squad that will be announced on June 3.
“Obviously I’m very happy,” he said.
“I’ve really thrived and enjoyed the big occasions and the big games. They’re very easy to get up for.
"I’m quietly confident and have quite a bit of experience under my belt now which is important in these kinds of competitions and games. It’s obviously a positive.
“I’ve been involved for a long time and I have always said the most important thing is that you’re playing regularly which is what I have done this season.
“But in saying that, there’s still one more cut to go so we’ll see how we go.”