If the devil is in the detail, then the Caltex Socceroos will be ready for anything at next month’s FIFA World Cup.
After another day of double sessions at their pre-FIFA World Cup training camp in Turkey, Caltex Socceroos attacker Andrew Nabbout has spoken about the influence Bert van Marwijk and his coaching staff are having on the squad.
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It’s not just the training intensity that has impressed the players, but the attention to detail that Dutchman is imposing on the squad in every session.
“Those little details: turning very quickly, looking over your shoulder, all that sort of stuff, as a pro footballer you tend to forget the smaller things sometimes concentrating on the big picture,” said Nabbout after a day of double sessions in Antalya as well as suit fittings for the squad.
“When they emphasise the small details it kind of makes the big difference much, much easier.”
He added: "I’ve learnt so much, fine-tuning little details in the game you never thought were important before.
“They make it important, they emphasise it, then it really shows in a game situation. Those details are very important and they’ve changed my game a lot already."
With just over three weeks to go until the tournament gets underway in Russia, every session takes on huge importance to ensure the side is ready for their opening game against France in Kazan on June 16.
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“Our sessions have been short, sharp sessions, the intensity has been high as all the boys have come off the back of a season so were all fit and healthy and ready to go,” left-back Aziz Behich said.
“The the sessions have been great, with new coaching staff implementing new training systems but all the boys are on board and we’re just excited and raring to go.
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Behich added: “It’s ideal that we’re going to be together for a longer period of time this time.
“It’s a lot more time to prepare, we’ve hit the ground running from the first day.
“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, we know what’s at stake in a few weeks’ time and we’ll be ready come game one.”
The Caltex Socceroos will play a friendly against the Czech Republic on Friday night, June 1 (AEST) before van Marwijk names his final World Cup squad a few days later, trimming three players from his roster.