James Troisi says sacked Socceroos coach Holger Osieck never liked him, but the forward is grabbing every opportunity under new national team boss Ange Postecoglou.
Troisi was arguably Australia’s best against Germany this morning and scored the Socceroos’ first goal with a bullet-like header.
The ZulteWaragem forward also claimed the winner in the Asian Cup final against South Korea in January.
In the lead-up to Thursday morning's friendly, Osieck said Troisi was "not starting XI material" but the 26-year-old shrugged off the criticism with an empatic performance on the park.
“That’s his opinion,” Troisi said of Osieck.
“Football’s a game of opinions. I know he didn’t like me. I didn’t play for nearly two years for the Socceroos, for whatever reason – I have no idea - but it doesn’t really matter.
“I’m back in the picture, it’s fantastic to be back. I’m playing and doing what I should be doing tonight.
“I don’t go out there to play for him. His opinion doesn’t really matter at this point in time.
“What matters is the gaffer’s decision and he’s obviously happy with me and I’m playing well and scoring goals. So I’m happy to be back playing.”
Troisi partnered well with Matthew Leckie and Nathan Burns in the Socceroos frontline and was a constant threat with his vision and passion.
“It was fantastic,” he said.
“It’s amazing how far the team has come. For me it’s all about playing football and playing regularly. For me the style of football we’re playing is perfect. We’ll learn a lot of things from tonight.
“I think that they (Germany) didn’t expect us to play how we play and put them under as much pressure as we did and you could tell, they weren’t comfortable at all.”
Troisi enjoyed the challenge in Kaiserslautern and described the 2-2 result as “OK”.
“There are the world champions, there wasn’t a lot of space to play…it was a good performance,” he said.
“We had a lot of chances, we probably had three or four clear cut chances. We would have been very disappointed if we lost the game. A draw’s OK. We want to put on a good show.”comments