Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou fires up before Confederations Cup opener against Germany

Australia Optimistic About Confederations Cup

Joachim Low has rested a number of his big name players, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller not selected.

"That's why I believe that this Confed Cup is incredibly important".

Australia are outsiders to make the semi-finals and Postecoglou says his side, which includes the 37-year-old Tim Cahill - who is on 97 caps - and Manchester City's Aaron Mooy, will not be underestimating their opponents in Sochi.

"Our group will not be easy".

"The players I'm sure did get a bit of heart out of that. and the way the team's evolving we feel positive playing against anyone".

"Now comes an unpleasant game in which the Australians will try, with their physique and toughness, to take us on".

"We know that they're physical, they're well drilled, they're good footballers. Some will underestimate us".

In what is arguably the more stacked group of the two in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, Australia and Germany will be both looking to get going with a win in their first game of the group stage, with Chile and Cameroon - both strong footballing nations - also in the group.

One of those was a thriller against hosts Germany in Frankfurt, in which Michael Ballack and Lukas Podolski struck in the second half to secure a 4-3 win.

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On Monday night Australia will face a German team nearly unrecognisable from the side which claimed the World Cup title in Brazil three years ago, but Aussie coach Ange Postecoglu has warned his side to not be complacent and consider the Germans as weak opposition.

With an average age of just 24 years and four months, and a combined total of 179 worldwide appearances, Germany have the youngest squad among the eight Confed Cup teams. It's obvious I'm not happy with how my season went, as you've already said, but I'm hoping that next season I can start more games. "They could bring another three or four teams and it would still be the same".

However, he remains determined for the AFC Cup holders to prove that they can challenge the world's best.

"Obviously I play in Italy where these things unfortunately happen quite often", Rudiger said. "We're here to win it".

- Germany and Australia have met five times previously, Germany winning three matches and Australia winning one, while one draw has been shared by the sides.

- Australia will be taking part in the tournament for the fourth time, after 1997, 2001 and 2005.

While the Confederations Cup is often derided as a meaningless series of friendlies, the outcome of Australia's campaign in Russian Federation will have broader ramifications. Germany's football does not only stand for 20 world champions but for all the many talents that have made their way to the Bundesliga Bierhoff insisted.

The first of these will allow you to watch coverage provided by Optus, who are the primary broadcaster of the English Premier League in Australia. Injury or illness ruled out other players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Mario Goetze.

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