Confederations Cup is a gift for Germany gaffer Joachim Loew

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 20, 2017

"Maybe that's just my demeanor", Postecoglou said after a series of abrasive responses to questions ahead of Australia's Confederations Cup opener against Germany on Monday.

With the Black Sea gently lapping on one side and the snow-dusted peaks of the Caucasus mountains standing resolute on the other, the Olympic Park in Sochi offers a picturesque location for a football match.

The last time the two sides met at the Confederations Cup was in 2005, when their group clash ended in a thrilling 4-3 victory for Germany.

The world champions did not bring the likes of Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller with them to Russian Federation, but Low's experimental team proved to be more-than-adequate replacements for this test as Lars Stindl, captain Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka all found the net.

The German's arrive in Russian Federation with an unblemished 100 per cent record in their World Cup qualifying group - winning all six games, scoring 27 and conceding just once.

"Obviously I play in Italy where these things unfortunately happen quite often", Ruediger said.

"If we do that wisely, and play our game that we've been structured to play for for a number of years now, we can potentially make a lot of problems for them".

"The Confederations Cup is a great gift", Germany coach Joachim Loew said Sunday through a translator, "because it will help us in the run up to next year and the following years to reach our goals and improve our players".

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The world champions, however, were back in front just three minutes later as Draxler converted a penalty, with Goretzka adding a third early in the second half.

Only three of the squad - 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 final.

"I don't think they have brought an under-strength team", Australia defender Milos Degenek said.

Julian Draxler is the most-experienced global in the squad and he led by example with a first-half goal. But this team has youth and hunger in spades - their only two players over 27 are a pair of strikers in Sandro Wagner and Lars Stindl who are fighting for club jobs right now, and most of the squad has one point or another to prove. Successive defeats to the world, African and South American champions would see Australia demoralised heading into their all-important August encounter with Japan. I've featured in many games, but not from the beginning. "Absolutely I thought we matched it with them for periods of the game and the character and resilience they showed is unquestionable".

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