Kalac: Naive Socceroos face World Cup mauling

Former Socceroo goalkeeper Zeljko Spider Kalac has given a withering assessment of Australias chances at the World Cup, warning the inexperienced line-up faced an absolute mauling unless they tightened the defence.

Kalac spoke to SportsFan after the Socceroos 1-1 draw with Bafana Bafana, slapping Ange Postecoglou’s men with a 3 out of 10 performance rating and saying they had "no chance" of earning a point in Brazil.

Asked if he was more confident following the Aussies’ Monday night farewell friendly, he replied: "Well, more confident that we’re not going to win a game — that’s for sure."

The 41-year-old said the Socceroos would be picked off by better teams unless they radically improved their defensive structure.

"A lot of the pundits out there are saying it was a great Ange-style of football and an attacking brand of football," the Sydney FC goalkeeping coach said.

"Yeah, an attacking brand of football against a third rate team that’s not even going to the World Cup. God give us strength against teams that are fully prepared like Chile, the Netherlands and Spain.

"I think it’s a little bit naïve to think we can go to a World Cup and play that open against quality opposition and not expect to cop an absolute mauling in the matches.

"We all know what kind of philosophy Ange has of playing football — he’s an attacking brand of football manager, and the team going forward had plenty of penetration but, geez, in transition we’re a big worry.

"At the back, where those holes are going to get filled I’ve got no idea because we looked pretty ordinary. What’s going to happen when we come across the good players?"

The 2006 World Cup veteran, and former back-up keeper for Serie A giants AC Milan, also saved a spray for the condition of the ANZ Stadium pitch, which he described as "embarrassing" and a contributor to the lack of quality crosses from wide areas.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom from the big man.

"The positive is if we’re going to play this brand of football in the Asian Cup, which is in January, I think it’s a big plus because at home against the Asians we’ll be strong playing this way," he said.