Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has described Australia as an “English style” team that plays direct football and uses long balls to get the ball forward.
Cameroon and the Socceroos meet on Thursday night (Friday morning AEST) in Saint Petersburg. Broos believes the two teams play contrasting styles of football.
“I think Australia is an English style,” he told reporters in his pre-match press conference.
“There is much enthusiasm, fighting spirit, good players also. Players who will fight to the 95th minute if they have to so this is very difficult. We have the same fighting spirit but our football is different.
“You see that Australia try to play very directly, there’s not much combinations. They try to be as soon as possible at the goal of the opponent. We try to combinate more. I think this is the big difference between the two teams.
“But again it’s a good team and we need to be at our highest level to beat them, and we have to beat them if we keep our chances of going past the first round. We know what to do but it will be a very tough game because this team is very tough to play against.”
Belgian Broos has been in charge of the African champions since February last year. The 65-year old, who led them to victory in the Cup of Nations, has had a long coaching career that has seen take the reins of clubs in Belgium, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Algeria and the UAE.
Cameroon midfielder Sebastien Siani said his team is not feeling pressure ahead of their match with Australia.
“There’s not really pressure,” the 30-year old said.
“We know there’s an important match to play. When it comes to pressure we know what we need to do. We are not going to be complacent, as some people expect. We are taking this match seriously. We are going to try our best.
“We know Australia are in great physical shape. We are going to try to fnalise our shape for tomorrow. We know how to implement our plan and we will see what happens on the pitch tomorrow.”