Osieck under fire after Socceroos’ shock
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck’s tactical preparation and motivational skills have come under fire after Australia’s shock loss to Jordan in their World Cup qualifier.
While Osieck has hinted at team changes after the 2-1 defeat, two-time A-League championship coach Ange Postecoglou questioned whether the team was adequately prepared.
He said with Jordan ranked 62 spots below Australia and missing several first-choice players, they set out to harass and press the Socceroos, who failed to adapt.
“Did they prepare for a team that was going to press them?” Postecoglou asked.
“That’s what my question would be – did they actually believe that they were going to press them like that,” he said on Fox Sports.
“If they did, then you work out solutions before that.
“It’s okay now going into the dressing rooms and blasting the players and everyone being disappointed.
“But the aspect of preparing a team for a game is preparing for the scenario.”
The shock loss left Australia third in the five-team group, with only the top two to qualify automatically.
They are equal on points with bottom-placed Oman and fourth-placed Iraq, who they face in what is now a crucial away clash on October 16.
Former Socceroos Mark Bosnich and Robbie Slater also criticised the national team’s mental and physical preparation.
Slater suggested playing a friendly against Lebanon in Beirut five days earlier was a mistake and possibly contributed to first-half injuries to Sasa Ognenovski and Mark Bresciano.
“We’ve got an older team,” Slater said.
“Okay, there’s a sprinkling of so-called younger players in there.
“But five days (between games), the recovery time when you’re older becomes very important.
“Sasa Ognenovski pulls his hamstring, we didn’t look sharp, we never were in the contest in respect to winning second balls.
“I’m absolutely gutted as a former Socceroo.”
Bosnich said Jordan showed more hunger, desperation and intelligence than Australia.
“The biggest concern for me was that from a preparation point of view they were not up for this game and that was really the responsibility of the manager,” Bosnich said.
“We’ve had a few wake-up calls during this qualifying campaign. That’s more than a wake-up call.”© AAP 2013