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Germany 3 - 2 Australia: Postecoglou hails courageous Socceroos in Confederations Cup opener

20 June 2017

Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou was in a bullishly myth-busting mood ahead of his side's Confederations Cup Group B opener against world champions Germany in Sochi.

With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 worldwide appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.

Germany have picked a young squad for the tournament in Russian Federation this summer, with Shkodran Mustafi, Julian Draxler and Matthias Ginter the only players from the group crowned world champions three years ago.

"We don't all know how fit we are after a long and hard season", admitted the 21-year-old RasenBallsport Leipzig striker.

"But we have a duty to win the three points".

"For us as a group of 23 players, it's about contributing".

Being a defending Champions, this 8 team confederations warm-up match is a test to defend their championship for next year Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

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 want to get good combinations going, as we did well against San Marino and Denmark".

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Loew has left most of his World Cup-winners at home and brought an inexperienced squad, who have made just 179 global appearances between them, to Russian Federation. They know they have to produce.

"As much as you try and set up the team to be fearless in terms of where we want to defend, it's human nature that we fell back a little bit and probably gave them a little bit too much room and respect", he said.

The arrival of the world champions in Sochi failed to excite local fans and only 28,605 of the Fisht Stadium's available 47,700 seats were filled.

"The first priority is to develop the team, the second to win here", said team manager Oliver Bierhoff bluntly.

With 30 caps, the Paris St-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.

Parity lasted all of three minutes.

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.

The setting only reinforces the sense Germany is taking a more casual approach to this eight-team tournament than the Australians, who would regard winning this World Cup rehearsal as a major achievement.

Germany 3 - 2 Australia: Postecoglou hails courageous Socceroos in Confederations Cup opener