Sport Angry Ange fires up before Confed Cup

11:07  19 june  2017
11:07  19 june  2017 Source:   Wide World of Sports

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  'Go hard': Roos critics no issue for Ange Ange Postecoglou didn't achieve all his objectives against Brazil but he's at least confident the Socceroos are in good physical nick for the Confederations Cup when they fly out on Wednesday.A Philippe Coutinho-inspired Brazil outclassed Australia at the MCG on Tuesday night, in the national team's heaviest defeat since the 2013 6-0 thrashing by France that triggered Holger Osieck's sacking.While Bailey Wright's defensive howler allowed Tite's world No.1 maestros to open the scoring within 12 seconds, Australia dug in for the remainder of the first half.

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Ange Postecoglou looks on during 2018 FIFA world cup qualifier© Getty Images Ange Postecoglou looks on during 2018 FIFA world cup qualifier

Is Ange Postecoglou feeling the pressure for the Socceroos' Confederations Cup campaign? Or is he just returning to his prickly best?

The Australian coach took exception to a couple of questions at a press conference as the Socceroos prepare to face Germany for their opening match of the tournament in Sochi.

"Ange, you seem a bit irritated and prickly with some answers today, is that a sign of uneasiness and pressure?" a British scribe asked.

"Is it something that carries over to the players, or do you want them to have more of your spirit fighting back?"

'Go hard': Roos critics no issue for Ange

  'Go hard': Roos critics no issue for Ange Ange Postecoglou didn't achieve all his objectives against Brazil but he's at least confident the Socceroos are in good physical nick for the Confederations Cup when they fly out on Wednesday.A Philippe Coutinho-inspired Brazil outclassed Australia at the MCG on Tuesday night, in the national team's heaviest defeat since the 2013 6-0 thrashing by France that triggered Holger Osieck's sacking.While Bailey Wright's defensive howler allowed Tite's world No.1 maestros to open the scoring within 12 seconds, Australia dug in for the remainder of the first half.

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Postecoglou looked at his man and replied, "Hmmm, yeah you must know me really well. How many times have you met me before?

"First time? Well, maybe that's just my demeanour. There's your answer."

Things didn’t get any better when the focus switched to squad selection.

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  Ambitious Ange aiming to win Confeds Cup Even Tuesday night's 4-0 MCG thrashing couldn't dampen Ange Postecoglou's belief about what Australia can achieve at the Confederations Cup.Even Tuesday night's 4-0 MCG thrashing couldn't dampen the coach's belief about what Australia can achieve at the tournament in Russia.

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With a year to go before the World Cup , Loew has given a host of key players the summer off and picked seven “A mission on the way is participating at the Confed Cup with the goal that three or four players will be able to put pressure on our established stars, when it comes to 2018,” he said.

While Australia has brought a near full-strength outfit for the tournament, the Germans only have three players who took part in their 2014 World Cup triumph.

"Let's dispel one myth," Postecoglou snapped.

"When the teams walk out tomorrow, if I had to have a guess I reckon we'll be younger.

"If people want to actually do some research, have a look tomorrow who the younger team is.

"From that point of view, I don’t buy into any of that stuff.

"We'll go out there tomorrow and play our football and it's a great opening game for us. We're playing against the world champions, a team that wants to win the World Cup next year, have been faultless through their qualifying, what a great test for us and that's what we'll use it as.

"I'm not buying into this one team's younger and somehow we're playing a weakened team. I just think it's a bit of a myth.

"Like I said when we roll out tomorrow, do the maths. Do their starting 11 and our starting 11, work out an average and tell me who's younger. I could be wrong."

Postecoglou could be feeling even more pressure to perform after the Socceroos were spanked 4-0 in an international friendly by Brazil, while Australia is still yet to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Australia's two skippers at the Confederations Cup - Mark Milligan and Tim Cahill - have reflected on the tournament.The Socceroos coach made six changes for Australia's do-or-die Confederations Cup clash with Chile - a match they needed to win by two goals to progress to the semi-finals.

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