Australia in need of more composure after Germany loss - Ange Postecoglou
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 11:54
With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 worldwide appearances, Germany has the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.
On the back of his breakthrough season with RB Leipzig, striker Timo Werner expects a fiery start in Sochi.
"Leon Goretzka always digs deep, he is technically and physically strong and was very good today", Loew said in praise of the 22-year-old Goretzka.
"Now comes an unpleasant game in which the Australians will try, with their physiques and toughness, to take us on".
While this tournament does not seems to be an important for Germany judging by the squad they have sent, they will still want to win this game since it is the German mentality.
A year out from the World Cup in Russian Federation, there has never been a better time for the Socceroos to poach a first win over Germany at a major competition on the fourth attempt.
Germany will be favourite, and if Australia is to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages, it is imperative for the Socceroos to come with a favourable result.
"We played well in the first half - the only bad thing was that we were only 2-1 up at the break".
Inevitably the focus on Germany has centered on its callow squad, containing only three world champions from 2014 while numerous established stars have been given a break.
"They know they have to produce".
"It's disappointing, we were barely clinging on in the first half", he admitted.
Also in Group B are Chile and Cameroon, with the eight-team competition made up of all six regional championship winners, as well as the World Cup holders and upcoming hosts.
They took the lead when Vidal rose above two defenders to power home a header in the 81st minute from a ideal assist by Alexis Sanchez, who had been ruled out of the starting line-up through injury but came on early in the second half.
The Socceroos shocked a below-strength German side 2-1 in Moenchengladbach in 2011. The Asian champions were undermined by two key shortcomings in their 3-2 defeat to the Germans: they conceded goals too quickly and struggled to retain possession, an area in which coach Ange Postecoglou will be looking for more from talented midfielder Aaron Mooy.
However, the Socceroos have arrived in Russian Federation on the back of a narrow World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia and a 4-0 hammering by Brazil. "When the teams walk out tomorrow, if I had to have a guess, I reckon we will be younger".
Germany held on comfortably, however, and move to three points at the top of Group B alongside Chile, who defeated Cameroon 2-0 in Moscow on Sunday.
Germany' will wear black-arm bands in Sochi to pay their respects to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died on Friday.