Adelaide United’s Coolen ready for Dutch showdown with Melbourne Heart’s van ‘t Schip

Adelaide United head coach Rini Coolen says he is prepared to take on fellow countryman John van ‘t Schip when the Melbourne Heart come to Hindmarsh Stadium tonight.

Eight years ago, Coolen spent time under van ‘t Schip at Dutch Eredivisie club FC Twente Enschede and now he is ready to go into battle against his former boss.

“I hope that both teams play good football,” Coolen said.

“They’ve got a Dutch coach who prefers to play 4-3-3, we prefer to play 4-3-3, so the spectators are going to be hoping that we can win the game, and that they see nice football. It’s only a couple of weeks into the competition so we have to work on everything, we both need the points so I hope we can do well.”

The Reds have kicked off the season with two draws and have been slightly inconsistent during both of their games and Coolen knows that needs to change, especially in front of the home fans.

“If you look back on our last game, we did well in the opening 45 minutes, we played better football…so we have to continue that way of playing and you need to win games, especially when you play at home,” he added.

“So that’s what we have to do, play better football and at the end of the game you have to get the three points.”