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Van Marwijk after debut: ‘We need time’

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Bert van Marwijk had another debut presented as coach of Australia.

Bert van Marwijk during his debut as coach of Australia.

A short three months before the start of the world cup should the Socceroos in Oslo deep bow to Norway (4-1). “The first match is always difficult, you need each other in everything to know,” said Van Marwijk. “Today it became clear that we are not yet ready, we need time for this team to develop.”

A lot of time Van Marwijk and his gnome son-in-law Mark van Bommel, however, is not. Tuesday still awaits a test against Colombia, at Craven Cottage in London, and then the new coach his men only in may.

“We have now started the preparation for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS. Everyone is full of energy and wants to be better, that is positive. We have a lot of work to do, because our game need to be a lot better,” acknowledged Van Marwijk, that Dimitri Petratos and Andrew Nabbout showed debut. “Two goals scored by Norway came from individual errors from us, which is very unfortunate. I don’t like to lose, 4-1 is too much.”

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