World cup winners Germany and Asian Cup champions Australia conclude the first round of FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 matches when they meet in Sochi's Fisht Stadium on Monday evening.
World champions Germany will field an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener today with striker Timo Werner fearing a robust challenge from the Socceroos.
The coach wants the stars to get plenty of rest before the next season highlighted by the planned World Cup title defense. "A couple of days training and we're ready to go".
PSG winger Julian Draxler will captain the team, and is one of the more experienced players in the squad despite being just 23. This match will be the sixth meeting between the two teams with Germany winning three, losing one and drawing one. They have fantastic individual quality and are very versatile tactically in a way that most teams are not.
"So if people are easily dismissing that, they'll dismiss everything else", Postecoglou continued.
"We weren't making enough forward runs and that's what Krusey [sub Robbie Kruse] gives us. They are an absolute top-class team". "When the teams walk out tomorrow, if I had to have a guess, I reckon we will be younger".
"Now comes an unpleasant game in which the Australians will try, with their physique and toughness, to take us on". Adapting will be key in this game.
"He could have held on to that ball but he is a good goalkeeper no doubt about it", Loew said.
"I'm disappointed. It's no fault of the players to be fair to them. It will be tough".
Julian Draxler is the most-experienced global in the squad and he led by example with a first-half goal.
Subs not used: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (gk), Kevin Trapp, Keren Demirbay, Matthias Ginter, Benjamin Heinrichs, Marvin Plattenhardt, Amin Younes.
Australia is taking the trip to Russian Federation far more seriously, bringing a full-strength squad unlike Germany.
The 37-year-old may not have the stamina to play the full 90 minutes in the Confederations Cup tie against Germany, but Ange Postecoglou could use him as the ace up his sleeve to unravel the Germans.
"Communication-wise we weren't getting organised in defence and we didn't get that sorted until well into the game".
The Socceroos weren't so easily defeated, and they brought themselves back within a goal courtesy of another howler from Leno.
Australia's goals were scored by Tom Rogic and Tomi Juric.
- Arturo Vidal scored the opening goal of Chile's Confederations Cup campaign and now has three goals in his last four games for his country.