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Jurman: Socceroos always had complete faith in Postecoglou's tactics

Nov 14, 2017 1:14:32 PMMain
The Suwon Bluewings defender threw his support behind Postecoglou and believes his move to South Korea has been the catalyst for an upturn in form

Socceroos defender Matt Jurman has dismissed criticism over the team's tactical set up, insisting the squad had complete faith in Ange Postecoglou's methods from the very beginning. 

The 52-year-old tactician has come under intense scrutiny in recent months after he opted to swap a back four in favour of playing three at the back during the World Cup qualifier against Iraq in March earlier this year.

Despite such criticisms, Postecoglou remained steadfast in his ways and has seemingly finally gotten his team clicking following an impressive display in which the Australians managed to limit the Hondurans to just one attempt on goal in the first-leg of the intercontinental play-off in San Pedro Sula.

Ahead of their do-or-die clash at Stadium Australia on Wednesday, Jurman took time out to praise Postecoglou and believes his ambitious tinkering has equipped the team to go toe-to-toe against the world's best.

"The squad has complete trust in Ange," he told Goal. "There's always going to be critics about tactics or team selection.

"Ange has a big belief in changing the way the Socceroos style is looked at and to try to make the team able to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world.

"Everyone has bought into that and I think it is important to buy into his philosophy."

Key to the Socceroos' improved defensive displays has been the introduction of Jurman into the national set-up, with the 27-year-old quickly establishing himself as one of the side's most reliable centre-halves.

And the former Sydney FC man credits his good form to his development at K-League side Suwon Bluewings, and is grateful for the opportunity to represent the green and gold.

"To be able to represent my country at senior level was a dream and had been a goal of mine ever since I started playing football," he continued.

"I didn't expect a month ago I would be playing in the two biggest games of the qualification but I enjoyed every minute and tried my best to help the team when I was needed.

"I think it (a move to Korea) has helped me a lot.

"The K-League is a very tough league to play in week in, week out.

"Playing in a back three in Suwon has helped me learn a different system."


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