Germany too good for Socceroos at Confederations Cup

WORDS OF WISDOM Mathew Leckie chats with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou

WORDS OF WISDOM Mathew Leckie chats with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. JULIAN SMITH

The Socceroos will open their ambitious Confederations Cup campaign against reigning World Cup winners Germany on Tuesday morning (AEST).

Behich could face Can when Australia take on Germany on Monday 19 June in what will be both sides tournament opener.

Indeed, at 24 years and four months on average, Germany have the youngest squad of the eight Confed Cup teams and the onus is on newcomers such as Timo Werner to step up to the mark.

Perhaps the world champions' young squad was still adjusting to tournament life, with half a dozen key players rested this summer ahead of next year's World Cup title defence in Russian Federation.

"Overall, it's disappointing. We didn't come here to lose games and we lost".

"From that point of view, I don't buy into any of that's a great game for us, we're playing against the world champions". "We need to get a quick goal and then exert some dominance". "This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days".

The 2014 World Cup winners are now ranked third in the world but have thankfully left the majority of their big names behind as they look to blood younger players in the tournament.

The world champion has made no secret of the fact its goal is not to win the Confederations Cup, but to blood its next generation of stars.

After winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, Spain then failed to renew its successful team and became too complacent, said Loew, who not only won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but was able to watch Spain's disastrous performance at first hand. With 30 caps, the Paris Saint-Germain star has the most experience and is expected to lead by example in the attacking midfield role. Low surprisingly chose Bernd Leno over the likes of Kevin Trapp and Marc-Andre ter Stegen and that bold decision backfired spectacularly as the Bayer Leverkusen keeper made two howlers which made the match seem much closer than it really was.

The Australian team this week held a meeting with match officials to have the process explained to them, as well as receiving instruction on the specifics of the unsportsmanlike behaviour referees have been told to clamp down on hard.

The Socceroos' manager has experimented with an unorthodox 3-2-4-1 formation recently, with an impetus to play out from the back and press teams high up the pitch.

Two years ago, the 2015 Asian Cup champions drew 2-2 against Germany in Kaiserslautern.

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.

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