Coach Grumpy re-emerges in Russia

Ben McKay
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has blown his top at the suggestion he was "irritated and prickly"

Is Ange Postecoglou the Kanye West of Australian sport?

Both are divisive individuals but creative visionaries.

Both feel misunderstood by the public.

Both are respected within their field and have a couple of notorious rivalries.

And both are legendary grumps.

Postecoglou's gruffness was on full display on Sunday in Sochi when fulfilling media obligations before Australia's Confederations Cup opener with Germany on Monday night (Tuesday morning AEST).

A question about whether the Russian tournament and upcoming World Cup qualification would define his legacy clearly irked the 51-year-old.

And then came a suggestion from a British journalist that set him off.

"You seem a bit irritated and prickly with some answers. Is this a sign of uneasiness or pressure? Could it carry over to the players?"

Postecoglou rapidly unloaded in response.

"You must know me very well. How many times have you met me before?" he snapped.

"Maybe that's just my demeanour. There's your answer."

The Socceroos coach was equally unimpressed by the suggestion that he would be facing a weakened and youthful German side.

"Let's dispel one myth," he began.

"When the teams walk out tomorrow, I reckon we'll be younger.

"Do the maths. From our starting 11 and their starting 11.

"I could be wrong but I don't reckon I will be."

The Socceroos coach could at least get excited about the challenge posed by the Germans, who boast a fearsome tournament record.

In 32 tournaments - World Cups, European Championships and Confederations Cups - Germany have failed to get out their group just five times, and just once this century.

"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," Postecoglou said.

"We want to continue to evolve as a team and we want to do well here.

"We're not going to hide. We're going to measure ourselves against the best teams."