Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has rubbished suggestions he might be "terrified" of Belgium ahead of Friday morning's (AEST) friendly in Liege.Postecoglou defended his record and Australia's performances at the World Cup when asked by a local journalist whether he was worried the Socceroos might suffer yet another loss when they take on the world's fifth-ranked side.
Australia have lost their past four matches, while they are winless in six.
A scoreless draw with South Africa and a 1-0 triumph over Costa Rica - in Postecoglou's first game in charge - are the only positive results under the former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory coach's watch.
But when asked - erroneously - if he was "afraid" to lose a sixth consecutive match, Postecoglou bristled: "Yeah, terrified."
"It could be a sixth [defeat]," the Belgian journalist continued.
"That's very true but it could be one. It could be the first [win] couldn't it?" Australia's coach fired back.
Postecoglou continued: "No, no, we're not afraid. Is that what you want me to say? Obviously Belgium are a very good side but we met some very good sides in the World Cup.
"I'm not sure if you watched it at all, but I don't think we were afraid in the World Cup and I'm not going to be afraid here.
"From our perspective it's about progressing everything we started in the World Cup and when we go out tomorrow night we make sure we give a good account and really put a measure against one of the best teams in the world. "So yeah, I don't know what else to say to that."
While Australia lost all three of their World Cup fixtures to Chile, Netherlands and Spain, Postecoglou's men generally gained positive reviews, particularly in their first two matches.
The Belgian reporter attempted to get back on Postecoglou's good side.
A question regarding the Socceroos almost-upset against the Dutch in Porto Alegre was ignored and when the journalist followed up with a positively-framed query about Belgium-based goalkeeper Mat Ryan, Postecoglou's response was dripping with scorn.
"You're full of compliments now, you weren't before," he said.
The Socceroos play Belgium on Thursday 4 September at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Leige 8.45pm (4.45am AEST) and Saudi Arabia on Monday 8 September at Craven Cottage, London 8.00pm (5am AEST) with both matches to be broadcast LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.
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