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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou fires up before Confederations Cup opener against Germany

19 Junio 2017, 10:28 | Crisanna Felipe

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"Going onto the world stage and competing at a level".

"Most of the squad will be used".

"The competition will be extremely valuable for the development of the team and each individual player", Bierhoff said.

Title contenders Portugal and Mexico fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with each team scoring in the last five minutes.

Low promised to change up his tactics and teams through the tournament, which Germany regards as preparation for its World Cup defence in 2018.

Loew is not wasting any chances to talk about his plan to give talented youngsters the opportunity to gain worldwide experience.

Germany are heavy favourites to prevail on Monday, but they are an inexperienced squad, and the Socceroos have more than enough quality in their ranks to make it a thrilling contest.

Timo Werner has been stunning in Bundesliga this season but might just be edged out by Lars Stindl in the starting lineup against Australia, if Loew opts to go for a more experienced head to partner Wagner. "This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days".

The German coach called it his obligation to integrate the country's top talent and at the same time give his stars a chance to recover.

A fired up Ange Postecoglou insists he is not reading into a lack of worldwide experience in world champions Germany's Confederations Cup squad.

"Some players are getting a rest from me, because I think three tournaments in three years is borderline", said Loew, referring to Euro 2016, the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup. He is sure the fans around the globe want to see the German stars attending a World Cup rather than a Confed Cup.

"At the end of the day it's Germany footballers comes tournament time, they always perform well".

The first-up loss makes it hard to see Australia getting out of the group, with taxing matches against Cameroon and group leaders Chile to come.

What: Australia vs. Germany in Confederations Cup Group B play.

On Monday night Australia will face a German team nearly unrecognisable from the side which claimed the World Cup title in Brazil three years ago, but Aussie coach Ange Postecoglu has warned his side to not be complacent and consider the Germans as weak opposition.

"We know the implementation of the style we play and it's something we're very confident in. They've got to impress for a World Cup next year and leave something with their coach that will hopefully make them get picked for their squad".

Australia pressed forward to salvage at least a point from the game but Germany held on to claim the hard-fought win.



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