Van 't Schip Expects Different Brisbane Challenge

Fresh from Melbourne Heart FC’s agonising loss to the Central Coast Mariners, head coach John van ‘t Schip says he expects a 'different' type of challenge from Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Fresh from Melbourne Heart FC-s agonising loss to the Central Coast Mariners, head coach John van ‘t Schip expects a different type of challenge from Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

While van ‘t Schip praised the brand of football played by both the Mariners and Roar, the Ajax legend says the two sides represent distinctly contrasted approaches.

Describing the Mariners as ‘efficient-, van ‘t Schip said the league leaders game is characterised by its lethal counter attacks, while conversely, the Roar, look to pass teams into submission.

“The Mariners play a different kind of game to Brisbane. Brisbane want to dominate, they want to have ball possession, they want to play in the half of the opponent,” he said.

"Central Coast, they leave the ball to the opponent. When they have the ball, they can play, of course - they're more effective than Brisbane until now."

"They're two kinds of systems and they're both very effective. It's interesting to see at the end of the season who can go as far as possible."

Brisbane will arrive in Melbourne as a team rejuvenated, having produced a series of steadily improving performances throughout the New Year.

And after stunning the competition with a show stopping 2-1 win over Sydney FC last week, Ange Postecoglou-s side is sure to be on a high.