Holland coach Bert van Marwijk shrugged off the pressure as his side faces a date with destiny against Germany as anything but a win would realistically end their participation in Euro 2012.
The media back home have been critical of the former Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund coach, claiming he has lost the faith of the dressing room and is employing the wrong tactics, and the wrong players. He was involved in a heated exchange with one Dutch television journalist at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, prompting UEFA's media officer to intervene.
Van Marwijk, undeterred, requested that the exchange be allowed to continue by inviting one more question from the reporter, as he said: "This is part of the job. I don't feel the pressure too much."
But he will have sterner questions to field should Holland indeed fail to beat a well-drilled, disciplined Germany in Wednesday night's make-or-break Group B fixture.
"I don't know what the atmosphere is like back in Holland because we are here in Ukraine," said Van Marwijk abruptly. "Of course there is tension here, but positive tension - we are looking forward to the game.
"Of course things are tense when we lose and we get irritated at times, us too, but that is where we are going to have to draw our motivation from. I believe in my players, of course I do."
Germany coach Joachim Low is under no illusions about the strength of the 2010 World Cup runners-up as he fears a backlash.
Victory would take his side into the last eight and render their final group fixture against Denmark cosmetic, but he is not jumping to any conclusions, even if Germany crushed Holland 3-0 last time they met in a friendly match in November.
"Of course we are going to be put under pressure," he said. "Our defence will be put to the test and it will be important that we win our tackles.
"We are going to have to be armed and ready for what they throw at us."