Heavyweights Germany, Chile clash at Confederations Cup

Australia, though, are taking the trip to Russian Federation far more seriously. The German team was known as West Germany in those matches which were all played when the country was still divided during the Cold War era. The Socceroos' fans- sparse but loud- growled in anticipation.

"German players are always very talented, they have great technique, they're good physically and their tactics are wonderful".

The corner was cleared away, but the moment remained in itself typical.

Germany open their Group B campaign in the competition against Australia on Monday, and the Bayern Munich and PSG players are among the biggest names in Low's youthful squad. He's a captain and a point of reference in this group. Talent and good coaching can take you far, but it's chemistry that creates teams. "We are a work in progress. Some concepts we have actually already taken in, others will certainly be available in time".

Whatever anyone thinks of the Confederations Cup and its significance, what can not be disputed is how important the tournament is for seven of the nations now taking part.

He chose to build with continuity from the past two tournaments, instead of injecting another host of youngsters.

Nevertheless, Low was keen to warn that Chile are also masterful in this department. His side finally overcame its previous failures in the knockout rounds, and they finally captured the World Cup - beating host nation Brazil 7-1 along the way.

Germany Squad: Bernd Leno, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp; Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Benjamin Henrichs, Joshua Kimmich, Shkodran Mustafi, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule; Midfielders: Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Kerem Demirbay, Lars Stindl, Emre Can, Amin Younes, Julian Brandt, Sebastian Rud; Forwards: Sandro Wagner, Timo Werner.

Part of it had to do with Australia kicking it up a notch. "It's hard to enjoy it too much".

That's the knife edge on which Postecoglou plays.

Germany doesn't have to, because they have nothing to prove and no one to please but themselves.

Loew has warned his young charges that against Chile they must concentrate for "90, not 60 minutes" as they did against Australia and Goretzka agreed.

But it can be a double-edged sword. It was our first game and maybe there were a few nerves in the first half. When you get the right combination, however, it can also frustrate the opposition to high heaven, as Germany discovered after the break.

A Leno mistake- really, his second of the video game, triggering Loew to go all polite, stating, "I believe he could have held on to those shots ... since he's a great caretaker"- shut the void to 3-2. Australia fear nobody: "They're fearless, they're cheeky, they're courageous".

  • Julie Sanders