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Osieck not leaving anything to chance - Australia's Neill

Australia captain Lucas Neill has revealed that coach Holger Osieck is leaving no stone unturned in his quest for the Asian Cup.

With the Socceroos needing no less than a draw against Bahrain on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday 12:00am AEDT) to qualify for the quarter-finals, Osieck is doing everything in his power to ensure his players are at their peak.

Neill said that the German tactician had put beach football on the training agenda and has forbidden players to eat anywhere else but the team hotel in Doha following injuries to three key players in the 1-1 draw with South Korea.

"Manager has gone completely the other way and wrapped us in cotton wool," Neill said.

"We've got to eat hotel food only. Nobody's allowed to snack anywhere else in case of food poisoning. He's not leaving anything to chance.

"Three players (David Carney, Jason Culina and Luke Wilkshire) in one game to be injured is more than enough. There's a couple of little kicks and bruises as well.

"It's beach football today where hopefully there's no injuries touch wood. The tempo and intensity will be very low key.

"I think the preparation and training we've done thus far is enough to keep us going through the whole tournament but we will get back on it. I think he just wants a couple of days to slow things right down."

Andrew Slevison
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