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Babbel hits out at past selfish Wanderers

By AAP Newswire

Western Sydney A-League coach Markus Babbel says there are no excuses for his revamped and relocated Wanderers this season, after hitting out at the selfishness of some of the players in his first year in charge.

German Babbel has supervised a drastic overhaul of the roster after last season, the second straight in which Wanderers failed to make the finals.

In a media conference on the eve of their first game of the season at home to Central Coast, the candid coach said the club wanted to give their supporters success as they "have been through many s*** things in the past".

Babbel said the club had targeted the finals and believed they had more quality and team spirit than last season's group.

"Last year was difficult because I couldn't do a lot with the team," Babbel said.

"To be fair it wasn't always easy for us coaches to get everything out because the frustration in the team, the relationship in the team wasn't the best.

"It was also for us very difficult to motivate them to push them because too many selfish players was in the squad.

"It's different now, so this is the reason why I have a good feeling because good characters are in there now.

"Players with the right reasons and not only the foreigners, also Matt Jurman came back, Dylan McGowan came back, they had opportunities to stay overseas.

'We will have a good squad, I'm very optimistic that it is so much easier now to work with them.

"The work ethic is much better than last year and no one is crying any more because the training is too hard."

'Asked in what way players behaved selfishly last season, a forthright Babbel said: "Only looking for themself, they don't 'give a f*** on the team."

With Babbel getting the players he wanted, the club returning to their rebuilt stadium and with it's Centre of Football up and running, he acknowledged there weren't the distractions of previous years and was happy to embrace the higher external expectations of his club.

'"Of course , it would be sad if no-one had expectations of us, this is normal, this is what we want," Babbel said.

:"We have no excuses anymore, so it's only up to us now to bring our performance on the pitch

"Of course everyone knows how football works, you need a bit of luck on your side with injuries with decisions from the referee, little things.

"This is all important for us, we have now the best possibilities, we have a top training ground ,we have a top stadium, we have the crowds,

"I think many teams are jealous about our crowds, so now ti's up to us, and I like this kind of challenge.

"If I wouldn't have this here, trust me I would go home, because then you get bored, but the challenge is on, perfect, pressure, perfect."