FFA Cup: Markus Babbel very confident of Wanderers win, confirms star recruit will play

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The German coach has backed his side to get the job done on Wednesday night

Despite a shaky 4-3 win in the Round of 32 against Hellenic, Western Sydney Wanderers will win their next FFA Cup clash against Bonnyrigg on Wednesday, according to new coach Markus Babbel. 

The red and black twice let leads slip in their last clash and needed an injury-time goal from Roly Bonevacia to claim the win in Darwin. 

But Babbel believes his team have learned quickly from those mistakes and are ready to fire against their Western Sydney counterparts. 

"It would be stupid if we are not learning from these games," Babbel said.  

"We have more weeks in the legs. We have more quality in the team now. It’s up to the boys to show the performance.

"I’m very optimistic. I believe in my team and if we do our things right we come in the next round.

"First we have to work hard, concentrate from the first minute on and then we’ll win the game."

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The German coach confirmed that star recruit Alexander Baumjohann will take part in the clash and hopes he, along with fellow German Patrick Ziegler, can help wrap up what should be a routine win. 

"They will play and they’ll help us a lot," he said.

"Alex is a very creative player and I hope he can show his talent on Wednesday." 

With his allocated spots for foreigners filled, Babbel admitted the Wanderers are still looking to add some Australian talent to the squad but won't be too concerned should nothing transpire.

"We have a look on the market but at the moment it’s difficult to find one," he said.

"Every team is looking for one. We will see.

"If not I’m happy with this squad, we have a good mix between young and experienced players."

Arriving in Australia after a stint in Switzerland, Babbel is eager to embrace his first coaching job outside of Europe and has settled in quickly.

"I’m really enjoying it, it was the challenge I was looking for," he said.

Markus Babbel

"The most important thing for me is to have a team that wants to work. At the start we had many mistakes but now it’s getting better and I hope we can show it on Wednesday."

One of Babbel's recruits since joining the club has been German defender Ziegler.

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The 28-year-old is settling in quickly at the Wanderers and is a fan of the type of football Babbel wants to play.

"It’s a really nice style of play, a little more physical but at the same time technique as well," Ziegler said.

"It’s not kick and rush only all the time. More technique than in England for example. I like this style."  

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