Ange Postecoglou tells Socceroos not to consider Germany as a weakened opposition

Football: Have no fear and bring it on – that’s the
Socceroos mantra going into the Confederations Cup.
First up – world champs Germany.

Australia’s midfielder Mile Jedinak (2nd L) and
teammates attend a training session during the Russia
2017 Confederations Cup football tournament in Sochi
on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

AUSTRALIA will on Monday night face a German side
almost unrecognisable from that which claimed the world title
in Brazil three years ago, but coach Ange Postecolgou has
warned against considering them weakened opposition.

Only Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and dangerous PSG winger
Julian Draxler from the World Cup winning squad have been
selected for the Confederations Cup campaign, as Joachim Low
looks to experiment in readiness for the defence of their world
crown next year.

However, a youthful, talented side will have plenty to prove
against the Socceroos, presenting a different set of dangers
for Postecoglou’s men.

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Eight victories and two draws in their previous 10 matches,
scoring 31 goals and conceding just two, shows the Germans to
be in commanding form.

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“They’re doing the right thing,” says Postecolglou. “They’ve
stated that they want to win a World Cup in 12 months time and
this is part of their preparation for it. We’ll be ready for
it.

“At the end of the day it’s Germany footballers come tournament
time, they always perform well.”

“While others may think there’s some sort of weakened aspect to
it, that’s not how we’re approaching it. One thing we won’t
underestimate is their ability to play the kind of football
they’ve been renowned for.”

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.

“They’re a good side, obviously we know that,” says Socceroos
striker Tomi Juric. “They’re coming with a young squad with a
lot to show, some players pushing for World Cup spots for next
year.

Australians at training in Sochi.

Australians at training in
Sochi.
Source:AFP

Aaron Mooy at training in Sochi.

Aaron Mooy at training in
Sochi.
Source:AP

“We’ve done some reviews on them and they’re looking pretty
dangerous going forward, but then again there are some areas we
can use and punish them. If we do that wisely, and play our
game that we’ve been structured to play for a number of years
now, we can potentially make a lot of problems for them.”

With games against Cameroon and Chile to come in the following
six days after the Germany clash, it is vital for the
Socceroos’ chances of going deep in the tournament to get a
positive result against the Germans to set a tone for the
competition.

“In any tournament the first game’s pretty crucial,” says
Postecoglou. “A strong performance against a team like Germany
gives you confidence to face anyone.

“At this stage we’re just making sure everyone’s in the right
condition, physically and mentally. So far the players have
been good. We had a long trip over but they’ve recovered really
well. A couple of days training and we’re ready to go.”

When: Tuesday June 20 at 1am (AEST)

TV: Live on SBS

Probable line-ups:

AUSTRALIA:

Mat Ryan; Bailey Wright, Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury; Mark
Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Aziz Behich, Mathew Leckie; Jackson
Irvine, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric

GERMANY:

Bernd Leno; Joshua Kimmich, Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger,
Jonas Hector; Emre Can, Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Lars
Stindl, Julian Draxler; Sandro Wagner

Full squads:

AUSTRALIA

Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan (Genk), Mitchell Langerak
(Stuttgart), Daniel Vukovic (Sydney FC)

Defenders: Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos), Alex
Gersbach (Rosenborg), Dylan McGowan (Pacos de Ferreira), Bailey
Wright (Bristol City), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Ryan McGowan
(Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng), Trent Sainsbury (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Mark Milligan (Baniyas), Aaron Mooy
(Huddersfield), Ajdin Hrustic (Groningen), Massimo Luongo
(QPR), Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Mathew Leckie (FC
Ingolstadt), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Robbie Kruse (Liaoning
Whowin), Jamie McLaren (Brisbane Roar), James Troisi (Melbourne
Victory), Tom Rogic (Celtic)

GERMANY

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre
Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas
Hector (Cologne), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua
Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Marvin
Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Niklas
Sule (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka
(Schalke), Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim), Lars Stindl (Borussia
Monchengladbach), Emre Can (Liverpool), Amin Younes (Ajax),
Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen),
Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Timo Werner
(Leipzig)

Originally published as
Ange’s warning ahead of Germany clash

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