Verbeek seeking strong hearts from Australia
Pim Verbeek is looking for a strong hearts and minds for his first game in charge of Australia - a World Cup qualifier with Qatar on February 6 in Melbourne.
"The pressure of the Qatar game that we have to win and that will have 55,000 fans will be unbelievable and definitely I am looking for players who are mentally strong," Verbeek said.
"I am looking for individual players who will boost team organisation. So I have to find out the mental strength of my players."
"Ok, it is difficult to discover these things at training but if the same players make the same mistakes again and again then we have a problem."
"And I am speaking not only about defenders but also about strikers who might miss too many chances."
Verbeek, who resigned as South Korean boss in July, is fairly close to knowing the team he will send out against Qatar.
"I'm close. I think 90 per cent I know what I am going to do. But I will wait for the weekend round of the A-League, I will wait for the next training camp and then I'll have a very good impression of my players for the Qatar game and the following China game."
"Everybody has a chance to show me they are the best team. Not necessarily the best players but the best team."