Germany's Loew to rotate against Chile with 100th win in sight

Germany and Chile clash for control of Group B at the Confederations Cup on Thursday with Germany coach Joachim Loew talking up the south American champions.

The system has divided Socceroos fans but Postecoglou said his players were as committed to getting it right as he was. They are very bold.

This game sees two quality sides square off against each other and goals are nearly a certainty.

"I watched them against Chile and saw they played on the counter attack. if they do that they definitely can be risky", he said.

"One lesson about the first game [against Germany] was that, if anything, we probably needed to concentrate a bit more on ourselves and what we are trying to achieve and not pay too much respect to the opposition".

Ange Postecoglou has hinted at changes to the Caltex Socceroos side for their second game at the Confederations Cup.

Milos Degenek is confident Australia can match whatever Cameroon throw at them as the two sides look to stave off an early exit from the Confederations Cup in St Petersburg.

Broos said the African champions had arrived one hour late for their training session in Moscow after their bus got stuck in traffic.

"A few people in Australia would be pleased with that because that's how they want us to play", he said.

After a season in a struggling Schalke team, central midfielder Leon Goretzka was one of those who seized his chance in Monday's opening 3-2 win over Australia.

Among those set to start on Thursday will be keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Loew said. The Germany boss will also switch some outfield players, but keep his trusted core. "We'll make a couple changes", Postecoglou said. The teams last met in a 2014 friendly, with Germany winning 1-0 with a goal by Mario Goetze.

Loew wants to oversee the development of a handful of his players to world-class status in Russian Federation in order to challenge his current first-choice stars for their places. "Sometimes we are better than our rivals and win, sometimes we lose".

After holding La Roja goalless for the majority of the match, Cameroon lost their concentration late on and conceded to Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas.

"We've had discussions about that, we need to make sure we are fearless and we stick to what we have worked on", said Socceroos captain Mark Milligan.

Postecoglou's response to Broos suggested he knew which side of the debate he fell on. Milligan and fellow midfielder Aaron Mooy will be tasked with making sure Australia maintain possession, an area where they struggled against Germany.

  • Julie Sanders