Angry Osieck hits out at Aussie sack rumours
Australia's national football team head coach Holger Osieck gives a press conference on October 10, 2013, 2013 in Paris
German Osieck has had a successful three-year stint in charge of Australia, guiding them to the World Cup finals just two years after reaching the Asian Cup final and beating 2-1 Germany in Moenchengladbach in a friendly.
Yet last month's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of World Cup hosts Brazil in Brasilia has seen the pressure mount on the 65-year-old in the Australian press.
Osieck hit out at his critics, telling them their expectations were unreasonable.
"I haven't heard anything, I'm not aware of any discussion (concerning his future) so I can't comment," he said.
"We are in the phase of preparing (for the World Cup) and I really picked the best teams in the world to prepare against. Do you think you can go to Brazil and beat them on their own soil by a big margin?
"Tomorrow (Friday) we play another top team, do you expect to hammer them 5-0? Some people are out of order," he fumed.
Captain Lucas Neill, who currently plays for Omiya Ardija in Japan, having previously spent 15 years in England, backed up his manager and said he cannot understand the criticism being directed at the former Canada coach.
"There's always pressure on players and coaches, we get judged on results," he said.
"(We've had) two very big results, one the Asian Cup final and now qualifying for the World Cup.
"That's two big achievements for the team and we're now looking forward.
"Unfortunately the result versus Brazil has everyone talking, but we're all together and very much behind the manager. We're confident of going together to the biggest tournament you can play in Brazil next year."
While the press in Australia were alarmed at the capitulation in Brazil, Osieck says people shouldn't be too surprised as the players were under-prepared.
"Looking at the Brazil game, it was an early stage of the season and a big number of our players had not been in their season. They're spread all over the world, they were in pre-season and some even in the off-season, so we couldn't find our rhythm.
"Now it's four weeks later, our physical condition has increased and that is the basis for an improved technical and tactical game."
But while some in the Australian media claim a defeat could see Osieck sacked, the manager insists he's not worried about the result.
"First of all we have to follow our programme direction. Even if we lose, it's part of the game. It can happen at any time," he said.
"We're not here to have that thinking, what we consider most important is that we'll have a better performance (than against Brazil), grow together as a team and get back to the strength that was our characteristic."
France and Australia have met three times before -- a 1-0 win each before their last clash ended in a 1-1 draw in Melbourne 12 years ago.
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