'I don't care': Aussie coach tetchy ahead of Confed opener

Doug Mendoza
June 20, 2017

Germany saw out the closing stages to take three points and second place in Group B, but Low will be concerned by his side's deficiencies at both ends of the field.

Even though they missed out on the chance to be in the World Cup, the golden generation of Australian football was born - with Manchester United's Mark Bosnich, former Liverpool man Harry Kewell, Celtic and Middlesbrough's Mark Viduka and Robbie Slater, who won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.

Australia will face Germany in a Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match scheduled Monday, June 19, 2017. That being said, this seems like a game to much for Australia and I think that they will be comfortably beaten by the Germans.

After naming the roster last month, Low said that repeating as world champion remains his side's ultimate goal and that his bet was to rest players who would be competing in their third global tournament in as many years.

"We need our defence to be stable and compact because Australia is a very good attacking team with very fast players".

While nearly no one takes the Confederations Cup seriously, Germany coach Joachim Low has managed to turn this year's edition into the Rodney Dangerfield of soccer tournaments - by giving it no respect at all.

"From what I have seen there has been a positive development from where Australia was in 2010 ― they liked long balls then and that was easy for us to defend against", said Loew. "They are hungry, they want to win matches, have the courage to play attacking football".

"They (Germany) caused us problems down the left-hand side and we had to move things around after the break".

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

For the opening half hour, Australia was completely at sea against the Germans and by Postecoglou's own admission, the Socceroos could have been three or four down at halftime. "When the teams walk out tomorrow, if I had to have a guess, I reckon we will be younger".

"I don't buy into any of that stuff".

What makes Draxler's role in the victory all the more incredible is when one considers how far he has come from being an unused substitute in the 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina, to playing as a captain and slotting a goal against an unusually strong Australian side in the Confederations Cup this year. When they did decide to start participating, they failed to qualify in their first two tries - losing to North Korea in the playoffs for 1966 and Israel in '70.

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.

Being on the verge of 100 caps and 50 goals, Cahill can make history at this Confed Cup - whether he starts or not against Germany.

Cameroon are unlikely to offer the same threat as the Germans, even if the world champions have come to Russian Federation without a host of leading players.

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