Pressure on Osieck ahead of France test
France's forward Loic Remy attends a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines outside Paris on October 9, 2013 ahead of a friendly against Australia
In some quarters there are suggestions the clash at the Parc des Princes could be his last in charge of the Socceroos if they suffer another heavy defeat.
Instead of basking in the glow of a successful World Cup qualifying campaign and preparing in tranquility for the global showpiece which begins next June, Osieck has instead come under a heavy bombardment.
Last month's humiliating 6-0 thrashing by Brazil in Brasilia has left Osieck defending his position, not least because of an unconvincing, although ultimately successful World Cup qualifying campaign.
Although Australia negotiated Asian qualifying, they did so despite some dire results, including a 2-1 defeat in Jordan and a 2-2 draw at home to Oman.
But despite the coach's troubles, his players have rallied around the 65-year-old, who has also coached in Japan, Canada and Turkey.
"I don't think that's ever been in question and the talk and suggestion, that's just the world of football," Dinamo Moscow full-back Luke Wilkshire told AAP.
"It's not a concern for us.
"We come into camp and every player who pulls on a green and gold jersey wants to perform for their country first and foremost, and for the team, for each other and for the coach.
"Everyone is 100 per cent behind him (Osieck) and the whole squad, we're all together in this."
Osieck's current predicament is perhaps all the more surprising given the plaudits he was receiving only two years ago when leading his side to a 2-1 friendly win in his homeland -- Germany's only defeat of 2011 -- having also taken the team to the final of the Asian Cup in January of that year.
The players are determined to show that they are better than the Brasilia debacle, starting with a much improved performance in the French capital.
"I think definitely the boys are fired up to show the Aussie public that against France it's going to be a different game," said Heracles Almelo defender Jason Davidson.
"As a footballer, you never want to lose like the scoreline in Brazil, but sometimes it happens so you just have to move forward and forget about it."
Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse admitted they simply aren't in the same league as the Brazilians and that they desperately need to improve ahead of the World Cup.
But he says they must also not be overawed by more celebrated opponents.
"Hopefully we can move forward to the next game, try and not make the same mistakes, and not try and show too much respect to the opposition, or not give them too much time and space and turn over a cheap ball," he said.
"It's going to be another tough test, but hopefully we can bounce back."
This will be the fourth meeting between Les Bleus and the Socceroos, with honours even at one 1-0 victory apiece and a 1-1 draw the last time they met, 12 years ago in a friendly in Melbourne.
France have themselves been struggling of late to score goals, although they did end a record run of almost nine hours without finding the net by winning 4-2 in Belarus last month.
That left them needing just a home win over Finland on Tuesday to ensure they qualify for the World Cup qualifying European zone play-offs.
France coach Didier Deschamps dropped star striker Karim Benzema for the win in Gomel and replaced him with in-form Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.
However, he has refused to speculate which player will get the nod at the Parc on Friday, although Benzema's recent problems, failing to find the net for France since June last year and being jeered by Real Madrid fans on the club front, can hardly help his cause.
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