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

WORDS OF WISDOM Mathew Leckie chats with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou

WORDS OF WISDOM Mathew Leckie chats with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. JULIAN SMITH

Low will also hope these heroes of German football, rested from duty in Russian Federation this month, will also have watched the country's Under 21s embark on their Uefa U21 tournament campaign with the same interest yesterday.

The Germany manager has in various quarters been praised for his boldness in selecting a squad that is young, and relatively inexperienced at senior worldwide level for the Confederations Cup, where the world champions begin Monday with an Group B encounter with Australia.

With an average age of just 24 years, 4 months, and a combined total of 179 worldwide appearances, Germany has the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.

Only three players - Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler - were part of the World Cup-winning squad in Brazil three years ago, but none of the trio played in the Rio de Janeiro final.

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

"We don't all know how fit we are after a long and hard season", admitted Werner.

"We don't buy into any of that stuff [about Germany being weak]".

"First time? Well, maybe that's just my demeanour".

Not wanting to make the same mistakes, Loew chose to introduce youngsters to his squad and re-motivate his 2014 winners so that they are ready for the upcoming challenge.

"We want to play well against the best - that's the measure of how you're going". "They will never know how it feels [to be racially abused]".

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

"It's a great opening game for us, against the world champions, who want to want to win the World Cup next year".

"The competition will be extremely valuable for the development of the team and each individual player", Bierhoff said.

With 30 caps, the Paris St-Germain star has the most experience and is expected to lead by example in the attacking midfield role.

Coach Joachim Low has already confirmed Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno will start in goal, ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp, while Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and Leverkusen youngster Julian Brandt could also be in the first XI.

Despite the Socceroos' 4-0 thumping by Brazil in last week's friendly, Cahill sees this Confed Cup as Australia's great chance to build on their 2015 Asian Cup win - starting with the Germans in Monday's Group B match in Sochi.

Coach Ange Postecoglou made a number of changes for the clash with the Selecao, and the team he chooses to face Germany will likely bear more of a resemblance to the side that beat Saudi Arabia 3-2 on June 8.

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

Australia's transformation under Postecoglou has flown under the radar in the build up to the Germany game, with the focus on Low's next generation, and the 51-year-old was keen to set the record straight during his pre-match briefing at Fisht Stadium.

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