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Germany expect tough Confederations Cup start

Germany expect tough Confederations Cup start

Australia will Tuesday morning (1am AEST) face a German side nearly unrecognisable from that which claimed the world title in Brazil three years ago, but coach Ange Postecolgou has warned against considering them weakened opposition. "I'm pretty sure the boss has never played the same starting 11 two games in a row", McGowan said.

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. And Degenek was keen to echo those sentiments.

"We competed well that night, absolutely", he said. We have three physically strong teams. We're not here to have fun, experience Russian Federation and its beauty - we're here to stay here until July 2 [the date of the final].

Germany brutalised Australia in a 4-0 drubbing at the World Cup in 2010 but the following year Holger Osieck led Australia to a surprise 2-1 friendly win over his homeland.

"There's three [group] games and anything is possible".

"We want to win it but that is not the end of it all", Loew said.

"People look at the result the other day and say why come out and say you're trying to win a tournament".

"It's a squad game".

There's no questioning that Germany will be the favorites in this match against Australia.

German coach Joachim Low has opted to take a fairly young squad to navigate the tournament, leaving out the likes of Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus and Jerome Boateng due to either injury or need for a rest.

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Only three of the squad - Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler - lifted the World Cup in Brazil three years ago, but none of the trio played in the Rio de Janeiro final.

"I start a little bit deeper but it gives me the opportunity to get into areas where sometimes the pressure isn't there and I've got the game in front of me". Every position in the team has alternatives, and they too are world-class.

"They're missing some of their bigger players but that doesn't change much".

"We want to lift players to a new level - achieving that is what matters to me".

The Socceroos have a win, a draw and a loss against the Germans under Joachim Low's management. At 29 Wagner is something of a late worldwide bloomer, but helped himself to a hat-trick against San Marino this week in his competitive debut, after top scoring in the Bundesliga in the last calendar year for Hoffenheim.

Germany are expected to make quick work of the Socceroos, despite a relatively second-string squad.

"If we can play the style that we know, we can most definitely beat them".

However, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker broke Jared Borgetti's record as Mexico's all-time leading scorer last month to leave him on 47 goals for his country.

Postecoglou was buoyed by his entire squad taking part in full training this week, with Robbie Kruse shaking off a knock to the knee suffered in the recent friendly defeat to Brazil.


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