Newcastle Jets coach Branko Culina has had a few run ins with new Australian national team coach Holger Osieck.
On one occasion, Culina's Sky Blues had the Reds under control at 2-0 but Osieck's men rallied for a 2-2 draw and the current Jets boss was impressed by the German's tactics.
''Tactically, as a coach, I always look to see what other coaches do when they're down a goal or two to see how they respond - I think that's a great test,'' Culina told SMH. ''And to be honest, the way he responded [when Urawa were 2-0 down] was superb. He knew what he had to do, he had to work out what was going wrong and fix it, which he did, and I always remembered that.
"If anything, he outcoached me and I don't mind admitting that.''