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


World champion Germany will pit an inexperienced line-up against Australia in the Confederations Cup opener on Monday with striker Timo Werner anticipating a robust challenge from the Socceroos.

Australia's Tim Cahill, foreground and Trent Sainsbury, left take part in a training session at the Fisht stadium in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Head coach Ange Postecoglou has been a major impact on Australia national team with his dedicated approach and rigorous work rate. "Whether you play three lots of 90 minutes, come on for just 10 minutes or not at all, you need to be ready".

"Whether that's Germany or against anyone else in this tournament, there's a belief within the group that if we stick to our structures and play well we can match the very best".

Asked why he brought a full-strength squad, unlike the Germans, Postecoglou let out a sigh, paused and then ventured a reply.

"I find it's easy for other people who don't have the same skin color as me to say that we should stay quiet", Ruediger said. "I'm not really sure if that's a trick question or something".

"The last World Cup in Brazil, we outplayed some of the best teams in the world for long stretches".

"Loew has been a sharp critic of the Confederations Cup €" the quadrennial tournament involving the six winners of FIFA's confederation championships, Russia, the hosts of next year's World Cup, and reigning world champions Germany.

"No", Postecoglou responded bluntly.

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"I think it's important to use the opportunity to look behind the scenes and to form an opinion", he said.

"Being able to have the chance to get to either mark would be a massive honour in my career, but I would prefer to take success in this competition".

The Socceroos have lost all three of their competitive meetings with Germany and conceded at least three times in those matches, and with a 4-0 friendly loss to Brazil on Tuesday still fresh on their minds, hopes of a shock result appear to be slim. "It wasn't given to us".

The world champion has made no secret of the fact its goal is not to win the Confederations Cup, but to blood its next generation of stars. "So I don't really care".

"Every player wants to take a step further by showing his quality and leaving a good impression so that he may be involved in future tournaments", said the 28-year-old Stindl of Borussia Moenchengladbach "Then you must go on to show some good progress in your club team".

In the Sochi news conference, a Brazilian journalist enquired in English what the advantages and disadvantages were of playing against such a youthful opponent.

A lot has been said about coach Ange Postecoglou's new 3-2-4-1 formation but Leckie said that he and the players were now getting used to the tactical changes. We don't have all the [usual] players in our team, but that could be an advantage.

"From that point of view, I don't buy into any of that stuff.it's a great game for us, we're playing against the world champions".