Germany expect tough Confed Cup start for inexperience side

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Leipzig striker Timo Werner (centre) participates in a Germany training session on the eve of their 2017 Confederation Cup match against Australia in Sochi © AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ

SOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 18 World champions Germany will pit an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday with striker Timo Werner anticipating a robust challenge through the Socceroos.

With an average age of just 24 years, four months, as well as a combined total of 179 international appearances, Germany develop the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.

Only three of the squad — Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter as well as Julian Draxler — lifted the entire world Cup in Brazil three years ago, nevertheless none of the trio played within the Rio de Janeiro final.

With the likes of Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels as well as Jerome Boateng all left at home, Joshua Kimmich is usually the only Bayern Munich star within the Germany squad.

On the back of his breakthrough season with RB Leipzig, striker Timo Werner, 21, expects a fiery start in Sochi for the untested, green Germans.

“We don’t all know how fit we are after a long as well as hard season,” admitted Werner.

“at This kind of point comes an unpleasant game in which the Australians will try, with their physiques as well as toughness, to take us on.

“nevertheless we have a duty to win the three points. We need to get a quick goal as well as then exert some dominance.”

A year out through the entire world Cup in Russia, there has never been a better time for the Socceroos to poach a first win over Germany at a major competition at the fourth attempt.

the entire world champions have made no secret of the fact their goal is usually not to win the Confederations Cup, nevertheless to blood their next generation of stars.

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

– Pressure on Draxler –

With the likes of key midfielders Mesut Ozil as well as Toni Kroos rested, the pressure falls on 23-year-old captain Draxler.

With 30 caps, the Paris St-Germain star has the most experience as well as is usually supposed to lead by example within the attacking midfield role.

World-class goalkeeper Neuer is usually recovering through foot surgery, so Bayer Leverkusen’s shot-stopper Bernd Leno is usually tasked with keeping Australia’s attack at bay.

Australia have held their heads high against Germany in their last two meetings in friendlies.

The Socceroos shocked the below-strength Germans 2-1 in Moenchengladbach in 2011.

Then two years ago, the 2015 Asian Cup champions drew 2-2 against Germany in Kaiserslautern.

However, the Socceroos have arrived in Russia on the back of a narrow World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia as well as a hammering by Brazil.

Despite last Tuesday’s 4-0 drubbing by the Selecao in Melbourne, head coach Ange Postecoglou says the goal remains to bring the Confederations Cup home.

Winger Robbie Kruse has overcome a knee knock suffered within the Brazil defeat as well as could face the Germans.

After the opening game in Sochi, Cameroon as well as Chile then await Australia as well as Germany in Group B, with the top two sides progressing to the semi-finals.

Die Mannschaft will wear black-arm bands in Sochi to pay their respects to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died on Friday.

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